Suwannee Democrat


December 21, 2012

Rant & Rave - Dec. 21, 2012

Live Oak — The softball complex on Silas Drive has become a great place to take your family for an outing. There are places to walk, playground equipment, skating ramps, and sheltered tables for picnics. Check this out as a possible Saturday or Sunday afternoon treat.


The old Pic N Save Building should be used for something. What can't we attract businesses to house in these empty buildings like this one and the old, old Winn Dixie building? Go to High Springs and Alachua and you see quaint little shops without vacant buildings staring you in the face!


It would be nice if Live Oak could have a "Snow Day" like Lake City has. The children would love it and some adults too. Maybe, "Christmas on the Square" committee members might ponder this. I am certain it would bring sheer delight to so many!


This is just a thought about security in our local schools of Live Oak and Branford. Like Suwannee High has already done and like the design of the entrance at Suwannee Intermediate School, place a person facing the door immediately inside when folks come into the school. The security officers and/or school resource personnel could have an office there to increase the safety of our boys and girls.


Suwannee High School football games present some parking problems. I suggest a group which takes care of parking at SHS games visit Columbia High School and observe their plan for parking. I was so impressed with the many people there helping with their plan of action. This would only take you about 15 minutes to see how effective they are in parking people.


We need to ask these questions before the schools are reconfigured again: 1. How can we ensure it will be fair and equitable for all?

2. How do we compose the faculties at the schools so teacher talent and strength is fair? 3. When students are enrolled, where will the enrollment take place? Must have an impartial person/persons to handle the registration of all students. 4. What is the cost? What do we gain by doing this? 5. Is this the BEST plan for our elementary students? 6. How can we avoid another "West is the Best and East is the Least" type competition which happened for SO many years?


What will be the Suwannee County Schools Plan to increase the security of all schools in light of last Friday's Newton, CT school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary? There must be resource officer who has his/her office right at the front entrance so those coming into the building can be seen. We need to install sensors at the entrances which will detect weapons being brought into the buildings. Money cannot be a hindrance to having this done. We don't want a Suwannee County School addded to the list of school shooting tragedies. Our students deserve the very best security measures.

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