It breaks my heart to write to you on the subject of the abject failure of our school board to protect the children of Rim Country.

We all know in some vague way that the Payson school district has provided a substandard educational result for our children lately. Nearly two-thirds of the students who begin their high school career at the Payson school district fail to graduate. Similar low marks show for student achievement at various levels where testing is allowed.

The (people) who sit on the school board looked at these dismal numbers and made a decision. They decided to reduce the number of hours that our kids spend in the classroom. They voted to reduce the school week from five days a week to four days a week. They think better results can come from a lower level of effort.

This is crazy talk. The indignation of parents and grandparents will soon be visited upon the feckless, shameful people who have simply thrown our kids under the school bus.

Andy McKinney, Star Valley

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