I have tried hard not to bring Dudley into the needs of Oak Ridge Elementary. However, the letter ``Schools must even up historical inequities' (July 19) has forced me to do just that.
All children of Guilford County need and deserve a safe and secure environment to attend school. In the letter, the writer states that Dudley still ``needs' more money. That's debatable. Funding has been provided to build one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in Guilford County at Dudley. Only the residents of that district are preventing it from happening.For every article written to ``preserve Dudley,' there has been a contradiction to ``move on.' Does that have anything to do with Oak Ridge Elementary? No. If you think schools in black neighborhoods have ``shabbier buildings and poorer equipment,' then you haven't visited Oak Ridge Elementary. I am not opposed to preserving Dudley, but is it equity, is it justice, to do it at the expense of Oak Ridge?
At this point, Oak Ridge is not looking for ``state-of-the-art.' We are looking for an appropriately heated building that can be safely secured with our children inside. Is that too much to ask for?
County commissioners are hardly giving ``extra' money to Oak Ridge. They are finally giving ``some' money to Oak Ridge. As a resident of Oak Ridge, I supported the school bonds because I knew it was the right thing to do for all of the children of Guilford County. If you will recall, Oak Ridge Elementary did not receive any bond money.