To the editor,

My young family is one of hundreds impacted by Grand Forks’ school closure plan. Our oldest kids are starting kindergarten and pre-K and we live near Wilder Elementary. The plan to close our north-end schools and pack hundreds of pre-K to eighth-graders into one school misses the mark. Kids, especially in the elementary years, are better nurtured and kept safer in smaller numbers. The greater the number of kids, the higher likelihood that children are forgotten and left behind.

The neighborhood schools create a valuable sense of community among parents and students. Walking to school enables kids to get outside in all seasons, stay active and interact with other students on the way to and from school. We have observed this in our little corner of Grand Forks and appreciate the neighborhood feel.

We have chosen to school through St. Michael’s in part because of the present closure proposal. We’re in a position where we are looking at buying a different home. Whether the north-end schools are closed and consolidated will play into where we will choose to live.

Although a St. Michael’s education is wonderful, we would gladly be a public-school family. We are not an outlier. If the north-end schools close and consolidate, the north-end neighborhoods will suffer.

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Megan Petersen, Grand Forks