Oberlin Schools fa­cil­i­ties can be com­mu­nity hub

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - OPINION -

Start­ing fresh with new school fa­cil­i­ties of­fers our com­mu­nity the op­por­tu­nity to en­vi­sion some­thing big­ger than ac­com­mo­dat­ing needs of our school- age pop­u­la­tion only. Let’s look at the cam­pus as a way to serve all res­i­dents!

How can we best uti­lize our struc­tures more hours of the day for things like mu­sic and drama, adult ed­u­ca­tion and ex­er­cise, so­cial sup­port ser­vices, preschool care, com­puter lit­er­acy, li­brary ser­vices, and city recre­ation pro­grams?

If we max­i­mize the po­ten­tial uses of our fa­cil­i­ties, we can also share ex­penses, less­en­ing the bur­den on school dis­trict tax­pay­ers alone.

A com­pre­hen­sive plan re­quires cre­ative think­ing, co­op­er­a­tion among the many stake­hold­ers, and clear and trans­par­ent com­mu­ni­ca­tion through­out the process. I be­lieve this com­mu­nity can rise to the chal­lenges.

Let’s strive to make a new cam­pus the bustling hub of our com­mu­nity! It should be a wel­com­ing, learn­ing space for every­one.

Rather than fo­cus on the dwin­dling num­ber of stu­dents, let’s start to ask how we can all ben­e­fit from mod­ern learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments.

Such a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude might just at­tract more young fam­i­lies to Oberlin.

Linda Slocum


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