I believe we all would agree the state budget cuts affecting the 9-R budget are sad and unfortunate. No one wants to see resources cut that provide education for our children. It is disturbing, however, that 9-R ever decided to continually fund a summer program that had "inconsistent results and curriculum." (Herald, March 11). The inference is that 9-R would have kept this less-than-adequate program in place if state funding had not been cut.
Furthermore, the district's news release makes it sound as if it is doing children a favor by not keeping this struggling program in place. Why weren't changes being made to ensure the success of a program that is supposed to provide help to students who need it the most? Why wasn't this program a priority? It is a tragedy that summer school is being eliminated because of funding cuts that are out of 9-R's control; it is negligent to have allowed the program to flounder as it has done.
What a disservice has been done to the children who already have passed through the program. I know Keith Owen and the 9-R staff are working diligently on a strategic planning effort; this issue certainly should be included for review by those committees.
Peter Fazekas, Durango