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By Commentary By Belinda Westfall
North and South Elementary Principal 

From a principal's – and mom's – perspective

Westfall has seen success of maintaining smaller class sizes


Rob Langrell / Publisher of the Sun-Telegraph

Belinda Westfall, the principal at North and South Elementary, has a unique perspective on the school bond issue as both an administrator and mom.

In March 2004, two adults, a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old loaded a Nissan van with everything they needed to live for a month in a hotel and headed west.

About 27 hours later, we, the Westfall family, arrived in Sidney, a city that prides itself in offering small town values ... big time opportunities. As we arrived, Brett, then 7 years old, asked to see his new school.

Why not – what's a few more miles after driving 1,488 miles! As we parked in front of South Elementary on Toledo Street, Brett stated, "Wow, how old is this city anyway?" Larry and I cringed as we knew Brett had left a two-...

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