The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 6, 2012

Pineknotters' lament

I'm just a small town adult that graduated from a small school district that had no outstanding debt and operated in the black. Now can anyone tell me why it was necessary for our district to merge with another district that was in debt and could not afford the entire things they wish for their students to have, with no means of supporting their agenda of activities?

Let's take a look at the things that have taken place since the Northumberland-Sunbury school merger that took place in 1965. We've had one school torched as a means of eliminating its improvement, two middle schools close and several elementary schools. Taxes were to be reduced but instead have been going up. Education went from average with passing grades in standard education to substandard to where students from this new district have to be tutored when going to college.

The students have little education on basic subjects. Sports take priority over education and even at that the district seems to have failed.

For as many students that go out for sports, we cannot come up with a winning season every year or at least be a contender for state finals to complete against private schools who can recruit their players.

Since the intelligent people of this fine community have all the answers, please explain to a dumb hick once again what the advantage of this merger was all about.? After 47 years, where are all these benefits?

Paul Leese,


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