Friday, May 5, 2017

Remington Elementary


Through happenstance, circumstance and a slice of synchronicity, it has come to YrHmblHst’s attention that Remington Elementary in Tulsa is to be closed, ironically coinciding with that institution’s 50th anniversary. I know, I know, ‘What does that have to do with Peoria?’ is the question bursting forth from the readers [all both of you] frontal lobe[s] and lips, and the answer is, ‘nothing’. But I ask your momentary indulgence.

Through no fault of my, or my parents, own, YrHmblHst attended three different elementary schools as a wee one. [yes, {regrettably} there were indeed public schools way back then, even though the school busses were tame, well trained versions of Sinclair’s mascot and diplomas were chiseled stone tablets, such institutions existed…] But Remington is the one I consider ‘my’ elementary school. I was interned there from its opening day thru the 5th grade, after which we left the area. It was a nice building in a nice wooded area with plenty of space. Plus, there were actually a few teachers in residence who really cared also, a quality sadly lacking these days ; RIP Mr Whittaker and God bless, thank you Mrs Haynes, and Miss Gebhardt/Mrs Pickle - you were right, I was wrong, and I suffer the consequences of not listening to you daily.

Anyway…

According to what I have read, the plan is to close Remington, Park [‘Park Pansies’ as we on the baseball team derisively referred to them] and Porter [which was so far beneath us as to not even rate contempt] and move all of those students and staff into Clinton Jr High’s new-ish building. What then of the Clinton occupants? Well, apparently, they are to be moved to the Webster High School campus where also apparently, more space to house them will need to be constructed. That sounds logical, right?!?

Being naturally inquisitive, YrHmblHst got to wondering what was to be the disposition of the physical plant; I mean, Remington has a very nice building, both structurally sound and in very good repair, [in much better condition and more ‘modern’ than the author of this rant…] with 20 acres of surrounding woodlands. It IS a pretty unique and valuable asset.
So I made enquiries from more than one entity that should have the answer to my query [‘Enquiring minds want to know’ ya know] and the answer was, consistently, ‘I dunno’.

Typical.

Tulsa Public Schools [more widely known as Tulsa Pubic Fools to its victims] continues to follow lockstep in with all other government entities in a never ending parade of flagrant waste, PC politics run amok, inefficiency, cultural marxist dogma and rejection of reason. Several potential solutions to the alleged problem immediately spring to mind, and none incorporate the closing of one of TPS’ more uncommon facilities.

Oh well.

Im sure that somehow TPS, the NEA, teachers unions/tcta and the Tulsa World will blame President kushner’s father-in-law for all this.


Right then… enough talk about bureaucracy and other un-fun stuff; back to conversing about Brookside!