You Can Have A Closed Campus Without A Police State

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Editor:

As I was reading the Aug. 22 article in the Roundup on closing the high school campus and the debate by the school board on the issue I was struck by Mr. Sandoval's analogy.

In his statement he compared a closed campus for PHS to a "police state." Let's take a minute to analyze that statement.

Virtuallyevery junior high(grades 7-8-9) in this country has a closed campus system. Are these schools all considered police states? The majority of high schools in the U.S. have closed campuses. The same question applies.

Maybe the school administration should concentrate more on developing an academic environment and forget about the police state notion. A school's environment and direction are what the teachers and administration make it.

If the administration compares any redirection of student "freedom" as turning their school into a police state our hope for a better school is lost.

Certainly high-performing schools throughout this country with closed campuses have succeeded without becoming police states.

Another thing to consider is safety. The National Highway Safety Administration states that communities with open high school campuses have more teenagerashes and fatalities than those with closed campuses.

We can see that every day during the lunch hours with students racing to be first in line at the fast food place or running across Highway 87 at mid-block stopping traffic.

The vast number of older citizens of Payson do not venture out to fast foodestaurants at noon time during the school year for fear of their own safety on the road as well as in the restaurants.

Let's challenge the school administration to develop a safe and academically challenging approach to this issue and the school board to expand the cafeteria.

Tom Loeffler

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