I am concerned for Columbia County students who will be starting school Aug. 9, 2001. I strongly feel that starting school then is too early.
Most people that I know who live in Columbia County take their vacations in August. Whatever happened to our summer months? I also feel that this will cost taxpayers more money due to the fact that they have to pay for air conditioning, lighting, and many other things.
If there is one thing that I have learned in life it is that nothing is free. I myself go to Lakeside High School and all of my friends say that it's too early to start school. Even though we will get out of school earlier, many parents work, therefore lots of students will be staying home alone until sometime in June when most summer camps begin.
I would like for Columbia County Board of Education members to rethink their decision about starting school in early August.
Sharon O'Rourke, Martinez
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