What shocked me most about our newscast today: Common Councilor Nader Maroun seemed pretty unphased by the Syracuse City School District's decision to cut more than 200 jobs and close the Levy K-8 school.
I know he's the chair of the Common Council's education committee, but he didn't show much compassion for the people losing their jobs or the kids changing schools. He's known for awhile that these cuts needed to be made.
The city is losing about five percent of its staff and the Levy K-8 school. It's safe to say the school district wasn't in great shape before these cuts.
What's lost in all of this? The children. Not to sound cliche, but the kids are the ones who suffer the most. An entire school of kids needs to start all over again, at another overcrowded school.
As someone who has switched schools before, I can't even begin to tell you the social pressures that come with changing where you go to school. To think these kids have new teachers, classmates, and an entirely different setting is a scary thought.
I know the Levy school has a lot of kids who couldn't get into the school in their district, but it's still going to be a difficult transition. And Common Councilors like Maroun need to understand that.
It's easy to sit in City Hall for a 20 minute study session. Try switching schools or losing your job. And then you'll have a better understanding of what the people you represent are going through.