Letters to the editor

More coverage on Armatage Community School needed

Like any parent invested — emotionally and financially — in their child’s education, I read with much anxiety, anything printed about the Minneapolis Public School District’s “Changing School Options” plan. My approach to Dylan Thomas’ recent piece in the Aug. 10–23 edition of the Southwest Journal was no different.

While I found the piece informative, I could not help but notice the lack of information about the District’s plan for the Armatage Community School. According to the District’s most recent version of the document often referred to as “Plan D,” the Armatage Community School would be dissolved and children in the neighborhood would board buses every morning for Kenny.

Writing as parent of two Community School students and an Armatage neighborhood resident for more than 10 years, the idea of closing the Community School is nothing short of tragic. For more than 50 years, the Armatage Community School has educated its neighborhood children; it has supported, and graciously received support from, its neighborhood businesses; it has increased the value of its neighborhood homes; and it has opened its arms to community groups, churches, families and friends without prejudice. In short, it has done everything a Community School is supposed to do. It has served its community and should be allowed to continue to do so.

I would love to see the Southwest Journal do a follow-up piece on the proposed demise of one of the District’s model schools and the impact it will have on the Armatage neighborhood.

— Dan Domagala

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Send along your poems

There’s something about autumn that feels more like a beginning than an end. Summer’s over. Days get shorter and more urgent. Nights get cooler. Morning fog rises off the lakes. Classes begin.  

For some of us, Rod Stewart’s lyric from Maggie May rings through the blood like a bell: “It’s late September and I really should be back at school.” It took me decades to get over that empty feeling when campuses begin to fill up with students and I’m not there.  

Send me your best poems. Deadline for the Fall Southwest Poetry Project is Aug. 31. Send poems to [email protected]

Keep writing.

— Doug Wilhide