In the America I grew up in, the neighborhood schools were the rule and walking to school, or taking part of being a crossing guard was central to getting a good start in life.
Now everything is consolidated. In many cases it's into massive school gulags far from population centers like in Carthage.
Now Watertown wants to consolidate further....creating one massive school for K-4 citywide.
Included would be a plan to abandon North Elementary and Starbuck Elementary. They can join the fire station when it closes and the North Side League, already gone. In the once heated battle between the two sides of the river, the southsiders won.
That would leave the last of the neighborhood schools empty, as if that hasn't happened enough.
Oh yes, the new building would be 85% state funded, so it free, free, free.
Everybody on the bus, Gus. Headed to the Fargo Campus, don't you know.