Robert Woods (A Local Dude)
We had to assign seats on the bus and
Take headphones from kids
So they couldn’t listen to music on the bus.
That came from the district,
We’re just a family owned business,
Why would we want trivial issues to mess with our model?
But we serve two masters,
The parents and the district.
The district pays us.
Jerry Dean (Basketball Player, Eight Bars Parents)
Twelve years of school,
Not once to the office,
Now a Saturday school…
I’m not going,
They can suspend me,
We all know it’s no big deal.
How much longer will we play this game,
How long before we get to play games.
It’s up to the adults.
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Clashing air masses,
Booming sounds leading to tapping paws,
A pit bull’s nails on hardwood
At two in the morning.
The standard tricks not working,
A blanket for security,
An arm to stop the shaking,
Until the technology did more than memes
When YouTubes’s background noise relaxed shaking muscles.
Who knew Tibetan bowl music would have such an effect?
Eventually, the storm moved along,
The bells and bowls kept chiming,
Dog and dad kept snoring, and
The leaves barely clinged to the branches.
Janelle Gibson (Taylorville Athletic Director)
Alannah got thrown under the bus,
This whole thing is wrong on every level.
Coaches need to be aware,
Players need to be aware of a coach’s philosophy,
Parents need to let their kids figure things out,
Communities need to come together,
And superintendents cannot just be politicians.
Alannah Alvarado (Taylorville High School Principal)
He calls me,
“Start suspending kids, Alannah.”
Now he makes it seem like my plan,
“I wish I could afford to quit.”
Hopefully, I learn
When my best is not enough
Sports teach tough lessons
Ralph Higgonbothem (Taylorville School Superintendent)
Riley, I’m glad you asked that question,
Before I answer,
Let me say what an honor and privilege it is
To be working to prepare our youth
Our future has never looked brighter.
All of our demographic groups are succeeding,
Property values in Taylorville are rising,
But we are experiencing a small bump in the road.
Alannah has my full support and
I’m am confident in her plan to smooth that bump over.
Finding a place to go
Work is coming