Wednesday May 6, 2009, at 7pm, Pgh Public Schools Board Candidates Forum at Chatham University's Eddy Theater (Woodland Rd) include a topic I'm excited about.There are plenty of folks who think as I do about this issue.
How much should diversity factory into further school restructuring?
What do these candidates think about consolidating high school athletics, the City League with the Western PA Interscholastic Athletic Association?
People move out of the city because of what happens and what does NOT happen in the schools in afternoons, evenings, nights, weekends and summers.
Today we'll be going to South Side's Cupples Stadium for the boys track meet for kids in grades 4 and 5. Thursday is the girls meet. This is one of the few times each year my son gets to use the field and track in a facility just two blocks from our house. The stadium, the field, the track is closed to us except as spectators (and then it is without season tickets and other community engagement opportunities) for the other 363 days a year.
Friday the school will have a field day. That is the second and last time he'll get to be there unless he becomes a varsity athlete for soccer (just championships) or football (over my dead body). And, the cheerleaders and band get to use the field too.
The practice at the sites of WPIAL fields is much different. Generally, senior citizens walk the track at these fields even when school is in session. Not in the city, however.
PPS School sports need a major overhaul, urgently. Then we can talk about keeping families in the city.
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