I’m shadowing my son at Grafton Middle School this afternoon. Technically “afternoon” means “after 10:55 a.m.,” because sixth graders eat their lunch at an ungodly early hour.
Going to middle school should be interesting — I’ve never had that experience. Bellingham decided not to build a middle school when I was growing up, opting instead to put the high school on double sessions to deal with overcrowding. I was thisclose to going to Catholic school when the town “fixed” the overcrowding by putting seventh graders in the elementary schools.
Hopefully today I can also find someone who will explain exactly what “work to rule” will mean for Grafton students starting Monday. I’ve been able to confirm from a few people that a little over 79 percent of the union voted to OK the work to rule effort, but I’d like someone from the union to tell me how that’s going to affect our kids. I’m also told that one of the major problems isn’t necessarily money but the wording in the contract — what, exactly, is the sticking point?