Your view: Treat students as well as the cricket frog

April 21st, 2017 1:51 pm

According to a recent story in the Times Leader about Rice Township: “The presence of the northern cricket frog could affect the way the township goes about making repairs to the Ice Lakes dam. The township learned that because the frog was indigenous to the area, it was required to do an environmental impact study before proceeding with repairs.”

Impact studies are important. I support impact studies.

The Wilkes-Barre School Board plans to pull middle and high school students from Heights and South Wilkes-Barre neighborhoods.

These students are indigenous to the areas. They deserve no less consideration than the northern cricket frog. The importance of humans mandates an impact study.

There are factors that impact the lives of the students — many disadvantaged — the elementary students, their families and the neighborhoods.

There is humor in this statement, but no humor in what this board is planning without doing its homework. Like the Washington Street “folly,” the potential move will cost millions and maybe fail … again.

Patricia Holodick