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Letter to the Editor: CSUS Will Threaten Quality of Education at Ralston Middle School

The author believes maintaining the quality of public schools in Belmont should be the city's top priority.

Dear Editor:

Allowing Crystal Springs Upland School (CSUS), an expensive private school, to locate right next to our excellent public school, Ralston Middle School, will threaten the quality of education at Ralston. 

CSUS will attract the best and brightest students and families in Belmont, including those with the most financial resources, away from Ralston. It will appeal to those families who now have the greatest ability to contribute financially to our public schools. It will probably also attract some of Ralston's best teachers because CSUS will offer a higher salary, beautiful campus, top-notch facilities, low student/teacher ratio, and motivated and talented students.  It will also give Ralston's students an inferiority complex, and make them less proud and enthusiastic about their own school. 

I believe the quality of our public schools should be our top priority in Belmont, and we should not diminish that quality by allowing CSUS to locate here.

Sincerely,
Timothy E. Strinden

Charles Stone September 15, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Timothy, Do you have any info on CSUS salaries? I don't but I'm curious if it's true that they would pay higher. Many years ago I operated under the mistaken assumption that public school teachers made less than private school teachers. I know for a fact that's not true on a nationwide average basis. http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=55 Granted, there are SOME private schools (and CSUS may be one) that pay higher salaries and better benefits than public schools, but unless you have that information in this instance, I think it's dangerous to extrapolate out and assume teachers would flee Ralston for CSUS. I also have to admit to being a little bit insulted on behalf of Ralston Middle School students (two of which will be mine in all too short a time.) Our BRSSD kids are strong, smart, and proud. I don't think that's going to change at all just because a private school moves in next to Ralston.
Timothy E. Strinden September 15, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Thanks for the link, Charles. No, I don't have any info on CSUS salaries. I assumed they would be higher than public school salaries in order for CSUS to recruit the best teachers to justify their high tuition and retain their high standing. However, I may be wrong. Sorry if I am.
Jon September 19, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Timothy Strinden shares an affliction currently ailing approximately half of the United States of America- he believes private enterprise and competition is actually harmful to everything and everyone. Au contraire, Tim.
Timothy E. Strinden September 20, 2012 at 02:17 AM
That's about as logical as Romney's 47% comment. In fact, it's even more illogical, so you're in a special class by yourself. At least I give my full name. It's easy to take pot shots when you're anonymous.
Jon September 20, 2012 at 06:16 AM
haha Tim, what difference would it make? Are you gonna look me up and come tell me I'm stupid again? I guess that'd be preferable to you doing it on the internet.... You basically made the point that Ralston Middle School, a proud institution of Belmont, is in such a state that a new school (costing much more than other private middle schools nearby that all these rich families and all of their monies could send their children to right now) would be able to swoop in and push Ralston Middle School right down Ralston Ave. You seemed to be saying that this new school will be so much better and that all of a sudden poor, little ol' Ralston will be done for. And the kids will get an inferiority complex??? A complex?!?? I personally think that it will have a minimal impact on the Belmont public schools. You should be ashamed that you have such little faith in the school and town that we all love!

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