I would like to respond to School district President Joe Arness’ recent article in the Clarion. He starts the letter by talking about change and how difficult it is to accept. I think it is very important for him and the rest of the school board to understand that most people in our community agree that changing the structure of our high school system in Soldotna is a needed change; however, changing the name or identity of a school is not needed nor is it desired by most.
Secondly, throughout his entire letter he never once stated how a change would benefit anyone. There is nothing wrong with Soldotna High School currently. Any child who attends Soldotna High School, whether a previous Skyview student or a new 10th grade student or a returning SoHi student will get a great education along with many other opportunities. Whether the name is changed or not, this will still be true, so again where is the benefit? What purpose are you seeking? We have great teachers and administrators that will assure our children are well educated.
Maybe he does not want to return emails, but I think it is his duty to recognize the large group of community members that are opposed to any change in identity. We do not think it is necessary and we do not want to pay for it as taxpayers. As an elected official, he owes us his attention and he must listen to our views.