Our local School Board has voted to build a new school on the grounds where the community track is situated. The end is nigh for the track, and I am deeply saddened. My emotions actually sway between sadness and anger. A place for kids to run -- gone. School track meets -- gone. A safe place for the elderly -- gone. Children facing a continent wide obesity problem -- still here.
The Board, despite the rhetoric, had made their decision long ago; and lacking any imagination, seemed limited to an either or option of a new school being in only one of two places, with no concrete arrangements made to see another one built. If anyone believes that the city will build a new one in the future, well I've got a bridge to sell you, and I'll meet you at the new library tomorrow to make the deal.
I have often heard lately, "the best interest of the children" should be done. What misleading crap! The best interest of the children is to have a new school and track.
Soon the track will be another site relegated to the dustbin of local history. Thanks Jay Yule and the Board. This is your legacy.