At least the children can behave like adults; Editorial, Jan. 30
January 30, 2009 · 3:23 PM
So it’s come down to this: The students have become the teachers. And the adults.
In the raging battle that surrounds the “shared” facility that is the North Kitsap Stadium, the adults are still talking. They’re talking about issues of fairness, finance and all those things parents discuss with their teenagers to get them to understand the ways of the world.
In the meantime, the students — not children, mind you, but responsible, determined students — at both North Kitsap and Kingston high schools have taken financial matters into their own hands.
In December, the two groups sat down at the table and began scheming on a solution. Using the information at hand — that Kingston is lacking in lights for its practice fields and that all things are not equal and fair at the NK Stadium — the teenagers quit talking and began working toward a solution.
So far, the Kingston Associated Student Body has raised $12,000 to go toward lights for Kingston’s practice fields. The Kingston Rotary, doing what the Kingston Rotary does, and what all the adults involved in this scenario should do, has contributed to the solution to the tune of $27,000.
And, the adults ... in this case, the North Kitsap School District Board of Directors is taking a passive/aggressive role in the scenario. The board’s stance has become the role of financial buzz killer. But they have congratulated the students on their work ethic and ability to work together as a group to find a feasible solution. At least we can agree on that.
May the adults learn from the students’ actions.
As the saying goes, lead, follow or get out of the way. The school board, in this case, isn’t leading very well. May they choose from the other two options wisely.