Gerry Kosanovic, retired principal of Franklin School, wrote in his recent "As I See It" column last week that one of the reasons for the formation of Franklin was to create “a K-8 magnet school, one without a neighborhood boundary, accessible to students across the city.”
When I look at Franklin School’s website, the section on parental involvement states that “Franklin requires that involvement in many ways.” Two of these ways are that parents are required to “provide transportation to and from school,” and to “volunteer at Franklin."
I suspect that these two requirements are in conflict with the statement that Mr. Kosanovic made regarding accessibility. It is very likely that a low-income family, particularly a single-parent family, could find it very difficult, if not impossible, to meet these requirements.
Before the school district prioritizes major renovation or replacement of Franklin School, I would like to see a demographic breakout of the Franklin student population by family income levels, and another by the elementary school district that students live in. That would give us some data showing the true accessibility of Franklin, and help us decide when we vote.
Corvallis (Jan. 7)