When the discussion moves from the basketball court to the administration office, people seem to get a little squirrely. They don't want to talk about the idea of marketing or advertising a school to compete for enrollment.
What seems to have happened in an area that I have called home for 10 years is that people are believing the picture. The picture of the burned out buildings has burned out ambitions. The image of empty houses and streets has crossed over into a feeling of emptiness all around. But does it have to be that way?
Every class has the one student. The one student that all of the other students know will be a distraction. They all know that this student, more or less, will command much of the teacher's attention throughout the year.