I can’t read one more article about the “lack of equality” in reference to Franklin School and not share the overlooked history concerning the formation of the Franklin School in Corvallis.

The Core Knowledge-based school was formed at the request of the school board. This was in response to the increasing numbers of students leaving the 509J district to attend private schools or to be home schooled. I was present at those meetings and was a “founding parent.” Equality was not the school board's concern then. Numbers and money were.

The parent organizers of Franklin School had to find a curriculum, a staff and enough parents willing to commit to the new school. Next we had to create a library, a playground, and organize and run a new PTA. We had to hunt and beg for donations and scrounge from unwanted supplies.

When I think of Franklin School I think of sacrifice, dedication, hard work and vision. That is great by me, because don’t we achieve greatness with dedication, hard work and vision? It is important to remember that sometimes things are not always equal, not because of someone’s intentions, but because of circumstances.

I wish all schools in the 509J much success. Lets cheer each other on, not tear each other down. After all, it's about the kids, isn’t it?

Beth Castellano

Corvallis (Dec. 18)

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