Morehead City, N.C.

July 4, 2019

TO THE EDITOR:

In defense of the county commissioners’ decision, as an elected official, it is difficult being responsible for deciding the best way to spend other people’s money (taxes). People will never agree on what is the best use of such money, which is why many officials prefer to take as little of people’s money as possible and leave more of the decisions in the hands of individuals, the people. The commissioners did not want to raise taxes, therefore we as a school board had a limited amount of money to work with.

When considering whether to continue specific funding of MaST [Marine Science and Technologies Early College High School], lots of factors might have gone through commissioners’ minds. They likely considered frustrations over their perceptions of the intended purpose of MaST (teaching trades versus providing students free transferable college credits to a N.C. university). They likely considered the continued shrinking of supposed state fund designated specifically for the Early College program (from $1,600,000 over five years when we initially applied, down to $900,000 when the Board of Education (BOE) decided to open MaST, down to zero dollars before the school actually opened). They likely balked at CCC’s [Carteret Community College] offer of helping to fund MaST because CCC had just requested (and ultimately received) a $100,000 increase to their own operating budget. And commissioners likely considered that we were again in almost the exact same funding position as last year (with no guaranteed state funding).

Regardless of their reasons, the commissioners [BOC] voted to remove the local allocation of funding for MaST ($245,958 for 2019-2020) but allow the BOE to keep those funds and decide how to best spend the limited funds available. The BOC indicated their preference of funding lost teaching positions over MaST, but ultimately the difficult decision was ours, as the Board of Education.

In defense of our school administration decision, after the county commissioners’ June 16th vote regarding county budgets, our school system had to respond … below is the text message conversation between our superintendent and our BOE members that same evening, after the BOC vote:

Monday, June 17 – 8:30 p.m.  Matthew Dean Bottoms

… tonight, the board of commissioners voted to take the mast funding and reallocate it to hire teachers who were lost due to the ADM reduction. … Of course, this will need to have a board vote and it will need to be done expeditiously. …

Monday, June 17 – 8:44 p.m.  Travis Day

I assume we need to call a special meeting. Should we try for Thursday or one day next week? Can MaST students and parents be contacted before our special meeting to be notified of the result of the commissioner vote? They are going to find out anyway … it might as well come from the school system.

Tuesday, June 18 – 12:24 a.m. Matthew Dean Bottoms

You do have to officially vote, but the wording of the motion was along the lines of moving the money from MaST to the positions cut due to the ADM loss. We can get the language, but the motion was clear that MaST was to be unfunded locally.

The day after the BOC vote, in phone conversations with the superintendent and staff, we discussed the next steps and plans to move forward, given the lack of local funding (and still no guarantee of state funding) for the Early College. We discussed waiting until our board meeting on June 27 to make our decision.  But at that time, administration felt that even June 27 was too late. They needed to move forward as soon as possible since the lack of funding was clear, and our decision would affect students, parents, teachers, principals and other staff. So the decision was made to hold our fateful vote on June 20  

In defense of BOE members, like our superintendent, BOE members saw the writing on the wall:  reduced appetite at the state level for funding special programs such as Early College; not enough local funding for all of our school system’s needs; even higher costs and more local funding needed to sustain MaST in the future. Our administration and our school system needed to move forward. Given these facts, the following motion was made on June 20:

 “Given the continued uncertainty of state funding required to sustain Early College, and given the lack of financial support for MaST at the county level, and given the additional lack of funding to sustain numerous teaching positions in other schools throughout our county … I move that we act on the recommendation of the Board of Commissioners to use local funds previously allocated for MaST, to fund as many unfunded teaching positions as possible. This will leave the MaST Early College High School unfunded and will result in the school needing to be closed.”

This was not a motion and vote to officially close MaST on June 20. But the motion reflected the sentiment of the majority of the board regarding our funding priorities, and it indicated that we needed to move forward with the formal process for closing MaST (which we are doing now). We knew this would have a profound impact on MaST students. We had already received information about negative impacts of MaST on some of our high schools. We knew there were continued questions about funding and sustainability of MaST, especially given all the other needs of our school system. Much of this information and more went into the decisions of our board members.  This information and more will be revealed in the formal closing process we have begun, and will be shared with the public. But again, much of this information is not new to BOE members.

I again thank all of our BOE members (and many school staff) for all of their time and all that they have had to endure during this process. It is especially frustrating when so much incorrect information is being spread.

I have been studying the pros and cons of MaST for two years and have had lots of concerns along the way.

I worried about our current high schools losing some of their best students to MaST.

I worried about inequities between MaST and our other high schools.

I worried about negative impacts of MaST on our other high schools.

I worried about opening MaST when we didn’t have guaranteed funding.

I worried about our ability to sustain the school financially in the future.

I worried whether MaST should be a priority over so many other school system needs.

I worried about the wasted staff time, money and other resources if we had to close MaST.

I worried about the impact on students if MaST had to be shut down after only a year.

I worried that all these negative impacts would be worse later and potentially impact even more than it already has.

I worried that not enough people were considering these same concerns.

I was obviously frustrated at our special BOE meeting on June 20 when we held our vote. I was frustrated that we were in this situation in the first place, and I was frustrated that so many people hadn’t heard my concern. But I apologize for showing my frustrations at a public meeting. It was not fair to MaST parents and students who had even more reason to be frustrated and concerned about the wellbeing and future of their own children.

As chairman I had to be the one to guide our board through this process, and I understood I was likely to face the full force of many people’s frustrations and anger. Although it is not a perfect process, the process is unfortunately unavoidable, given our circumstances.

In defense of MaST families, I still do not blame MaST families for advocating for their children. I want to tell them it is going to be OK, but I obviously cannot promise this. We do have great high schools with many great options and programs, and these schools would welcome all students who had hoped to attend MaST in the fall.

We still have dual enrollment, AP courses, and other options for allowing students to earn college credits to help save money on college. Students in our traditional high schools can still take classes in trades and CTE and earn an associates degree while attending traditional high school. So although MaST might be some people’s preferred route for achieving these goals, the goals are still achievable in our traditional high schools. And our school system will continue to work with parents and students to meet their goals as best we can.

TRAVIS DAY, Chairman

Carteret County Board of

Education

(31) comments

DeadBolt

Some folks just do not get the concept of being told NO once in a while. I'm sure, that they can and will be back to helping turtles soon enough though. [whistling]

AnonymousStudent

Hello Chairman, You mentioned dual enrollment being an option for MaST students. But from my knowledge you can only start that your junior year. All of these students are only in there freshman or Sophomore year. Would there be a way for all of them to be able to start dual enrollment whilst freshmen and sophomores? I do not want MaST to close down as I see it as an opportunity to further enhance the student learning at a younger age. But from what I have seen written in many articles is that you already have your decision made. So of you do end up deciding to drag the rug right from under the students feet then would you please consider what I have said above? I feel it would lessen the blow and give some hopefullness to the students. This way the students wouldn't be so crushed. I am a friend of one of the students that go to MaST and they have told me what MaST is like and what it means to them. They have said what so many have before. That MaST is a family. They told me how much that meant to them and that they would miss that aspect of the school the most. So I feel that by closing down the school you will be crushing many young teens emotionally. Because for many of them MaST was more than a school. Kindest regards, AnonymousStudent

Emcobb

Let’s be honest here Mr. Day your arguments here and intense need to explain your decision are just further proof of the mishandling of this entire situation. What is apparent from your carefully worded statement is that you have had reservations about MaST from the beginning, one might assume this has gotten a little personal for you. I seriously doubted your ability to remain unbiased during the impact study before and know I have even more doubts. MaST isn’t just teaching trades and children are earning transferable college credits. Many children are actually doing both. Not that is anything wrong with just doing trades. Irregardless which path the MaST children are choosing, these are 14-16 year olds that are choosing to focus on career and collegiate opportunities and the spent the last year doing just that in just the right atmosphere. Don’t you think the kids applying to MaST had reservations about their decisions? Many wondered if they were going to miss out on traditional high school activities and fun with the friends they had been going to school with. These were scared kids taking a leap of faith because they wanted more! They wanted specialized training, skills and college experience, so they completely stepped outside of their comfort zone into something new and exciting for not only them but their community. Then they spent the last year absolutely THRIVING in this learning environment. They spent the last year exploring options for and mapping out their future. Now, you are telling them ...sorry, we shouldn’t have let you do that, we thought we could provide you with an amazing opportunity but now we can’t. How is that fair? How can you be okay with crushing their dreams? These children are too young for any of the traditional high school dual enrollment programs and you and I both know ... these are NOT the same. I’ve sent two children through traditional high school, I know what is offered there. I will not be sending another child there. Enrollment numbers at ECHS took a big hit after the hurricane and instead of deciding to talk about redistricting or other feasible long term options, you saw MaST as an easy target to boost enrollment numbers in a suffering school. You possibly thought this would be an easier fight. The fact that you rushed this closure before any state funding was decided and took a preemptive strike at a thriving, well received program speaks volumes as to the lack of real leadership and commitment to the welfare of children in this community. I surely hope you don’t expect to retain your position much longer.

(Edited by staff.)

PLL

Couldn’t agree with you more. A professional would sit back, allow impartial participants to conduct the case study, and allow the data collected through the case study to speak for itself. Sadly, we are dealing with a very unprofessional, unethical man that breaks every law he can to get his way! It’s tome he be removed from the Board of Education!

Osprey

Redistricting was a very bad word when used to address Croatan overcrowding. Now it is OK for MaST parents to suggest to redistrict OTHER students so THEIR kids can get vo tech classes and double credit for classes in a school that is deemed to be unsustainable based on State and County funding. Mr Day has very valid points. He just sugar coated so he wouldn't hurt MaST parents feelings.

PLL

Here’s a suggestion, how about not taking a raise. You should tell all your groupies on the BOE and the commissioners to not take a raise, that’s really what us taxpayers really want! Not to mention, you have all done an awful job and don’t deserve to be paid in the first place!

Kimberly Nyman

Mr. Day, if you are going to continue to feel the need to publicly defend your actions, and blame others, please at least use facts. The BOC did not vote to close MaST. The BOC said the funds were for MaST. They expressed an opinion on how to use those funds, but as presented at the meeting the funds were for MaST. You Mr. Day forced the vote in favor of closing the school; clearly disregarding Robert's Rules of Order of which you are required to use as an elected board member. You walked into the BOE meeting having already decided the fate of MaST. And now you have elected yourself to do conduct a study obviously in favor of closing the school. How are we as a county to have any faith in you fulfilling your due diligence in any mater presented to the board in the future after seeing how you have handled this? At this point there should be no other resolution than to have you removed from office, as your behavior has clearly been anything but a professional unbiased chairman, to let MaST open as planned this August, and to hire an outside firm to conduct a proper impartial study to evaluate the future of our schools.

David Collins

I thought that Mr. Day did a good job of explaining the vagaries of depending on govt. funding / seed money for pilot programs. Sometimes it all works out. Sometimes it doesn’t. Yes there is collateral damage but all is not lost. Learn to modify and adapt. Just one of life’s lessons and certainly not a life ending event. Time to move on?

CCNATIVE

Wow. I gotta say...I don’t have a dog in this fight as my children are all in college but Mr Day, you’re really reaching here. You’ve turned this into a “right fight”. You’d rather be right than honest, you’d rather be right than forthcoming, you’d rather be right than accept ANY blame for this, and you’d rather be right than at the expense of others. Using so called text messages from Matt Bottoms is scraping the bottom of the barrel so far as justification goes. You cherry picked pieces of that conversation I’m sure to further your case. The BOE acted in hast. Just admit it. These dissertation justification letters to the editor make you look desperate at best. In my humble opinion they also make you look a bit narcissist also. I voted for you this past election but rest assured I don’t make those mistakes twice. Let the kids have their school, the county employers have a chance at growth, and for God’s sake quit self loathing.

B. E. Cobb

Mr. Days self-serving response only reinforces the opinions of most in our area; that this action is based on personal agendas without regard to our students or voters. However the fault falls beyond the BOE, our County Commissioners continued silence in this matter ,after their attempt to pass the buck,reflects a tremendous lack of leadership as well as a greater lack of character on their part. This area has long been a hotbed of political corruption- this time it was done very publicly and very brazenly.

asteedpittman

I have so many questions for you! Why are you speaking on behalf of the county commissioners? Perhaps something else you have been instructed to say? How can you speculate what they were feeling when the President of the Community College offered to help with lack of funding? The college has stepped up in the past and followed through with all of their promises; providing the building, upkeep and maintenance, monthly cost. You state that a motion was read and you quoted the motion then the very next paragraph you start by saying, “this was not a motion and vote to officially close MaST.” So, was it a motion or not? Please address what you feel are the negative impacts of MaST on the other high schools. Finally, dual enrollment and AP courses are NOT an option for a large number of the current MaST students, because their GPA and age prevent them from doing so. You have stated this numerous times in your many letters to the editor as well as during board of education meetings and it is inaccurate information. You are adding to the misleading information that is being given to the public so please stop making people believe the same opportunities that MaST provides our students are available at the other high schools because they are not!

Janelle2126

Travis Day, You mentioned the uncertainty of state funding for early colleges and the motion and vote was not a guaranteed closing, but highlighted the apprehension over early colleges and the reluctance of keep them. Contrary to your post, the budget that passed not only included funding, but increased the funds as well. If this is a concern, then this should eliminate this worry, as our governor is pro-education and vetoed due to the lack of Medicaid expansion. Which I already knew, given my background and education in nursing and studying for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. You posted some of your texts, but unfortunately all texts can be used to prove a point, mainly yours when the entire conversation is not available. To address the rest of your letter, every concern you are worried over is not back by any evidence, which for myself and other parents, is needed to fully understand why. What are the cons? The current high schools losing their best students? So above average students should not be given an opportunity for a different education? Many colleges lose out of " some of the best students" due to where they may decide to apply. Inequities between schools, perhaps the other three high schools should revamp their education system to decrease their inequities and increase their standards to MaST? If preference for MaST is higher, one must evaluate how a school only open one year became such a success then. Negative impacts of MaST on other high schools? Could you give me some peer reviewed information on the negative impacts? The funding I have already discussed. How is MaST a priority over other schools? To simply request the funding needed to keep it open is no different that the other schools requesting for their budget. The wasted staff, time, and the impact on students is a given if you close. You are frustrated because nobody is understanding these concern because these concerns are not warranted or back by any true evidence other than your own personal concern. I am happy you will welcome all the students back, but I have to say, most students will choose to home-school, apply to the school in Durham for junior and senior year, and you even have parents willing to move. The ability to graduate with an associate degree, not just close to it, is great in theory but even less in reality. We hear people state socialism is horrible and when people put in the work and drive, then it should be rewarded accordingly. Same goes for these students. We know you all are doing well and applied for a better opportunity, but keep it equal and don't branch out? Sorry to see this county become on the only schools without an advanced high school. This is why kids become adults and move away versus staying to make a vested interest in their town. Look forward to your answers.

beachmami13

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DeadBolt

Red Pill Time! [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpcp63OoRSs ]

CrystalcoastcultureNC

Osprey, Mr. Day has children that will go to East if redistribute happens. In my opinion, That's why he's fighting so hard against it. You also seem pretty hot about yourself Bout this mess, do you also have a vested interest?

28516Mom

Mr. Day. You clearly do not want to take responsibility for your actions. Choosing to post part of the text messages seem a bit immature. I am willing to find other alternatives to help my daughter reach her full potential, even if that means changing to different county. While Croatan and West Carteret high schools offer a variety of AP courses, East doesn't. It is very limited. Looking at your address (as shown on the BOE profile website https://www.carteretcountyschools.org/profiles), your children will attend West Carteret which offers more options than East Carteret. Also, you mentioned students being dual enrolled in college courses. This isn't possible until a student's junior year. At some schools, counselors pick and choose who is allowed to take the college courses. The high school loose students all the time. This year it was due to the displacement of student due to the hurricane, let that be known. Your actions as a public leader was disgraceful to say the least. You already had your mind made up and you were basically being a bully to get your point across. Your letter to the editor is like pulling straws. I will be sure not to vote for you in 2020. Mr. Perry Harker was a great forward thinker and had children who attended East Carteret. He understood the struggle trying to provide a variety of courses. in such a small school. As for your worries, here’s my response: “I worried about our current high schools losing some of their best students to MaST.” Every eighth-grade student has the ability to apply to attend MaST. Croatan, East, and West lose their best students to the NC School of Science and Mathematics while others choose to home-school or take advantage of the virtual high schools. “I worried about inequities between MaST and our other high schools.” There will always be inequalities between East, West, and Croatan. Please don’t act like this is a “new” issue. Look and compare the course offering and the condition of each of the schools. “I worried about negative impacts of MaST on our other high schools.” Do you care to provide examples? What are the negative impacts? “I worried about opening MaST when we didn’t have guaranteed funding.” If the funds provided is part of the Career and College Promise Initiative, why wasn’t there funding? “I worried about our ability to sustain the school financially in the future.” MaST is planned to be self sufficient in three years. What is the problem here? “I worried whether MaST should be a priority over so many other school system needs.” How is MaST a priority when the funds are for MaST. Also, what about the funding going to Tiller? Parents are opting to send their students to Tiller instead of their home schools. “I worried about the wasted staff time, money and other resources if we had to close MaST.” Time isn’t being wasted trying to come up with the correct actions for students. Spending the time to ensure students have the correct educational opportunities is never a waste of time. “I worried about the impact on students if MaST had to be shut down after only a year.” The students who attended this year will not have to have their schedule created based on the course offerings at their local schools. These students are at a total disadvantage. Additionally, they will have to wait until their junior year of high school to continue their college courses, but it will be at the discretion of their guidance counselors which isn’t always the best option at each high school. “I worried that all these negative impacts would be worse later and potentially impact even more than it already has.” The negative impact as to what? I see positives here. Training the students for future careers. Young people trained and ready to go to work. So, the potential impact is positive. “I worried that not enough people were considering these same concerns.” This is all for personal gains. Your children will not have to be at a disadvantage due to the size of the school and funding available while others will.

PLL

His only true worry is that his children will be redistricted to East Carteret. He has no real “worry” about any of the MaST school or students. This is far from over! Keep pushing forward!!!

dc

No one can blame a parent for aspiring to provide their children educational opportunities or being ticked after being provided an opportunity and then have it canceled. Conversely, that parent needs to realize no one forced that "opprtunity" on you and every child in the system deserves "equal opportunity". Supposedly, the early college high school (ECHS) concept was conceived to provide a leg up to students who are perceived to maybe somehow be lacking in opportunities but ECHS isn't mandated nor should it be. If memory serves Travis had his doubts about whether adequate funding would be available on a continual and long-term basis before the "opportunity" was provided but he went along with it after "others" convinced him funding would be no problem. The "others" were wrong that funding was no problem and he mistakenly allowed them to convince him otherwise. There comes a time when we all have to suck it up and move on. CC is evidently one of the better school systems in the state and if a student can't get a decent education in this system then parents need to be much more vocal about changing education for the better.

Emcobb

Every child in this county was welcome to apply for this “opportunity”. The students names were then drawn by a random lottery. These kids were not hand picked, they are a diverse group coming from different backgrounds. Our school system is ranked 18th in the state. Only one of our traditional high schools ranks in the top 100 of N.C. high schools, another in the top 200 and the third (ECHS ...East Carteret High School) falls much further down the list. We are being vocal about changing education for the better. That is why we are fighting for the MaST Early College High School (MECHS) to remain open. Mr. Day has openly been against MaST from the beginning, this is why an independent study of MaST should be completed. Not a study by a committee headed by Mr. Day

Carteret79

The data presented here on all three school rankings is grossly misinterpreted. I encourage you to explore the raw data on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website to get a clearer picture of the achievements of our local school system. According to the Carteret County Schools webpage, "Once again, Carteret County high schools compared very well against the 350-plus traditional public high schools in the state. Croatan ranked 11th, West Carteret tied for 21st and East Carteret tied for 37th. The only other school system with similar results is Chapel Hill-Carrboro City; all three of their high schools finished in the top 33. A few highlights from the 2015-2016 school performance grades are as follows: Re-ranking the Top 37 by growth, Croatan finished 3rd, West Carteret finished 6th and East Carteret finished 21st. Croatan was the highest achieving A+, maximum growth school in the state. Croatan had the highest grade among traditional 2A’s. East Carteret had the second highest grade among traditional 1A’s." While this information is a few years old, it continues to represent the successes of our traditional public high schools.

PLL

I agree students can get a decent education at the traditional high schools, IF they are the top 10%. The majority of MaST students aren’t in the top 10%, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be successful given new opportunities! This past year has proven that. Funding is not an issue, as is not finding high quality staff in time.

Osprey

Crystalcoastculture- my vested interest is as a County resident, taxpayer and business owner. I have had the opportunity to visit MaST classrooms, engage conversations with instructors and examine financial projections relevant to the school. It is no doubt a fundamentally good program however faced with funding issues the BOE has made a decision that at this time is fiscally responsible and a decision that is in the best interest of the majority of the student population.

BoroYankee

@Osprey - when did you visit MaST classrooms, was it during the ribbon cutting or after? It would be pretty easy to do a freedom of information request to see non-parental visitors to the school. You're either on the Community College BoT, a County Commissioner or a Board Of Education member. To your first point, the funding is there at the State. Mr Beadle provided the comments from Craig Horn from the Education Committee at the State House. Your comment about fiscally responsible, is odd. My understanding of the same financials is that the Community College is paying for all Capital facilities. If you were given a facility to use and it didn't hit your balance sheet, would you use it? Regarding nothing being free, agreed, but the Community College system can't rely on Endowments like public and private 4 years, so yes, the Community and the State will always provide funding, because that is the law. Also, I grew interested in the program as well, had similar concerns BUT I was impressed by the the utilization of potential Sigma Six Business Principles, you're familiar with these correct? DMAIC? Define, Measure, Analyze, Investigate, Control. All of the programs and entryways are modifiable by the BOE. Too many College Transfer students, they have the ability to reduce that number for the next year. Too many Boat builders/Aquaculture saturating the market? BOE can modify it. Losing too many kids from East Carteret? BOE can modify how many entrants can come from each school. Chairman Day should just answer the most basic and fundamental question, which he has avoided...What would the program need to gain his support? Specifically, regarding the 'majority of the student population' who is suffering? The invocation of the 'hasty generalization' logic fallacy is getting old at this point. A lot of teacher shortages is, and has always been, due to a lack of ADM from 100 kids not returning to the County based on all figures I see.

DeadBolt

TRUTH BE TOLD, sorry, we have all heard the arguments from people whom feel 'offended' by this closure, and your all lauding merit's that can not even be used yet as it was in a beginning stage. ie: for the few that were involved , supposing this was going to advance them in some way is impossible to gauge . Most of you argue the school's are not doing enough or in poorer then normal standards so, what do you do, throw more money at failing business? Give me a break. All of this starts in the K through 5 , as in basic education. Do you honestly think that a failing teen , that has already lost interest in the traditional progressive teachings you have is going to truly sink their teeth into a model that's even more advanced? Wake up, you lost that child years ago, (and all you teachers, and GOD ) know what is being taught today, i see it easily on a computer in clips, and i have to say, a great majority of it is garbage. Maybe yu need to go back to an older system, and reintroduce ACTUAL subjects and discipline. Instead your running some kind of numbers racket , so slow your roll, KIDS ARE NOT A NUMBERS GAME WHERE THEIR EDUCATION IS CONCERNED.

PLL

You are horribly mistaken!!!! All students, regardless of age have the potential to become better learners and students! There are many examples of this from the past year at MaST. When someone is sent to prison, we offer them rehabilitation classes we don’t give up on them! But, with your mindset you are suggesting we continue to let struggling students go down the wrong path then complain when they become dependent on the state for financial support. The schools may be doing their absolute best, but there is a middle performing group that is not being reached.

dc

Lotteries in education have been around for years. Nothing fair about them. Being vocal for your own child and a few others is great. Who advocates for ALL students? Since some won't I will. Taxpayer funding should be for ALL students not just a few selected by a lottery. One more time, the ECHS concept was conceived for poor, first in family to attend college, etc. not a "diverse" as in those not considered poor, parents who are college graduates, etc.

Osprey

Boroyank- Funding on the State level will not go beyond 2020 which means students potentially could go up to 3 years when funding runs out. It is my opinion that the $260000 County funds would be better utilized for 7 teacher positions than it would be for MaST which is reliant on State funding which is NOT in the Cooper budget. Closing MaST will not deprive students of opportunity as they can take the technical classes as Juniors & Seniors. Our 3 County High Schools are in the top 10% statewide despite misinformation brought up on this post. Mr Day & the BOE members who voted to fund 7 teacher positions are making a decision based on the entire student population not just 100 MaST students. And BTW go ahead and research public records my statements of Classroom & facility are 100% true. I am not on the BOE or County Commissioner. I am a County resident, taxpayer and fully supportive of fiscally responsible public servants like Travis Day.

DeadBolt

Show me the list of recent criminal offenders whom, while incarcerated achieved a educational required degree, or diploma please. Also, , contrary to some folks beliefs ALL children are not meant to go to advanced schools beyond high school, sorry, never have been never will be. (now we can argue about why i have this position, etc, but it is a fact). I'll wait for that prison list of diploma's now. [yawn]

PR

Grow where you are planted.[smile]

dc

Let's spend our resources improving and making safer our high schools.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

As far as the commissioners integritiy in this or other matters; consider that there is at least on former cocaine user on the board. There are other interesting issues as well. Integrity? Surely not. This dog won't hunt.

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