Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
POTTSTOWN, Pa. — When school opens at Barth Elementary School in August, it will not have a fifth grade.
Due to the renovation project that will be undertaken at Pottstown’s largest elementary school this summer and fall, the administration has decided to move both fifth grade classes out of Barth and over to Franklin Elementary school.
A meeting for parents of the 58 students this decision affects will be held tomorrow night at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium at Barth.
The Grand Poobah of the Pottstown School Board, Thomas Hylton seems to suffer from convenient memory loss. After carefully reading Evan Brandt’s account of the latest school board meeting, I found this quote by Numero Uno Responsible Citizen, Thomas Hylton rather humorous.
“Our first responsibility,” Hylton said, “is the economic viability of this community and, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it is astonishing to me that we are thinking of adding extra classrooms to our elementary schools.”
This cow patty of wisdom from the number one Rupert-lover himself. What about the architecturally correct windows and geothermal heating and cooling that Responsible Tom proposed for Rupert? Now suddenly we’re “astonished” that we want to add classrooms to house the Edgewood students. Should we educate them on the lawn, Tom?
The Middle School would need to be retrofitted to segregate the elementary students from the middle school students. That will cost money as well. It was made abundantly clear by the parents of elementary students that they do not want their children mixed in with the middle school population. I guess Tom forgot about the community outrage when he proposed putting 5th grade in the Middle School during his heyday as Neighborhood Schools Potentate.
I think somebody needs some Ginkgo biloba or the wifey needs to take better notes at meetings.