June 29, 2019
TO THE EDITOR:
As a small business owner in our county for over 50 years, I am perplexed by the recent decision of our county commissioners and our Board of Education to close a school. Not just any school, but a school that specifically encourages technical training, licenses and degrees. Nationwide, this school model has proven successful in decreasing dropout rates, decreasing student loan debt and increasing much needed skilled workers.
The BOE chairman is using fear and funding to portray that this school is financially an “irresponsible decision.” Their excuses are endless but their ability to cooperate with a large majority of our community, that will do anything to see this school survive, are pitiful.
We have teenagers showing up to Board of Education meetings pleading and begging. We have teenagers sharing story after story about how this school has changed their life. Four of these BOE members decided that they cannot think outside of the box and have not been willing to try. When was the last time any of you as readers saw teenagers at board meetings of any kind begging for more educational opportunities? Why don’t they see this as a win?
Let’s be innovative, let’s be proactive, let’s be Carteret strong as we prepare ALL students to live and work in this beautiful place. Why in the world would you want to move backwards?
BOE members that are proceeding to close this school, don’t let this be your political claim to fame. It will not serve you well — this I can promise you.
Over the past few weeks, I have spoken to many well respected businessmen and women in our community. Quite frankly, they are all scratching their heads and wondering what in the world you are thinking and doing.
This is your job! This is your responsibility! Community members, grandparents, parents, students, teachers, and principals should not have to be fighting this hard. You have time, fix this!