Another school year coming to end

by Howard Apple­gate

On June 8, the Class of 2008 will be walk­ing up the aisle to receive their diplo­mas – all forty-three of them. Not only is this the largest grad­u­at­ing class in Old Paiute High School his­to­ry, but it is also the high­est per­cent­age of fresh­man to stick out the entire four years. That’s right. One hun­dred per­cent of the stu­dents who start­ed their fresh­man year at Old Paiute, and who still live in Wilbur Coun­ty, are grad­u­at­ing this year.

Stu­dent pop­u­la­tion has boomed in the coun­ty these past few years, to about 650 in 2008. That may not seem like a lot, but growth means a host of prob­lems for stu­dents, teach­ers and admin­is­tra­tors, includ­ing stretched bud­gets and over­crowd­ed class­rooms. The con­sen­sus among all con­cerned seems to be one of relief that the school year is com­ing to a close.

Ben­jamin McCar­rigle, who is grad­u­at­ing this year, was ecsta­t­ic. “I thought I might explode if I had to take one more exam.”

McCar­rigle though, said that he will prob­a­bly attend col­lege over in Bend next year.

Fourth grad­er, Mar­tine LaPlante, said she too was hap­py to see sum­mer on its way, “although I’ll miss see­ing my friends every day.”

Teach­ers and admin­is­tra­tors agree. Agri­cul­ture teacher Ed Plum, who heads the teach­ers union, said, “I hope the admin­is­tra­tion comes up with a plan this sum­mer to alle­vi­ate some of this pres­sure. Its not so bad at the High School, but one-through-eight is a mess. If they don’t act, you’re going to have a lot of unhap­py teach­ers next year. This is nuts.”

Asked if he thought the teach­ers might strike, Plum only repeat­ed, “you’re going to have a bunch of unhap­py teach­ers.”

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