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After reading the various postings on subjects relating to the closing of AH, I have a couple observations.
1. I believe the parents of AH have a reason to be emotional and upset.
2. I believe that their efforts should be focused on the state government, they are the reason why MCS is short $ and have to make these drastic decisions. I can not stress this enough, money is being cut at an alarming rate and continues to remain as the piggy bank for elected officials who need to balance their budgets. The only problem is they are mortgaging our future, investments in education need to be made if NC wishes to pull itself out of the slums of education. NC ranks 41st in the country in per pupil funding, it continuely ranks in the bottom 3rd in teacher pay and benefits and is ranked near the top in drop out rate. Our law makers think that cutting funds is the answer? If NC wishes to recruit and retain the best and brightest minds to teach our future bright minds it needs to invest in education and stop giving corporations tax breaks to set up shop in NC. ALL surrounding states pay much more than NC and have better benefits. I have a friend who went back to school to become a teacher, shes a single Mom who is now teaching in her 3rd year but still making starting salary. It's not right that after insurance and taxes that someone who works that hard only brings home $200 a week. My point is that there is much more at stake than the closing of a school. I understand it is close to home but there are families struggling to put food on the table.
3. MC should recognize that of over 100 counties in the state, MC ranks near the top in median income and near the bottom in funding per student. All because people are too afraid to rock the boat and purpose a raise in taxes to fund education. Education DRIVES this county, it is the largest employer in MC and directly effects thousands of people (employees, parents and students).
4. A survey should be done County wide to see how many people would like year round school. I live in Northern Moore county and can tell you that there are parents up here that would like to put our children in a year round school but we don't even have the option. If this option is available it should be available to all families and not just a select few.
5. An investigation should be done as to the admission requirements and selection process for AH. I know a family that lives in Taylortwon and their children are on the wait list to get ni the school yet others that live in Pinehurst continue to get priority.
I'm sorry they are closing the school but there is much more at stake, cuts will continue to be made and as of right now there is room in a year round program for your children if you choose to keep your children in at SP. The staff at AH will be moved to 1 of the surrounding schools, and won't be laid off. People need to question much more than the closing of one school. Good luck parents of AH.
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