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The gas well that "exploded" was due to faulty part made substandard in China.
Well, ignorance is amazing. They have been frakking in Texas and Pennsylvania and constantly refine the technology. The water is reclaimed. The additives vary from company to company but most are either benign or in such low concentrations that its insignificant. Get your facts straight before scaring the public. And yes, water is a valuable resource and needs to be protected.
Bit ignorant are you not? Its your words that bring race and segregation into this. People move to Pinehurst because it is a middle to higher income population with a golf culture. If your golfer, then you know the fee for properties to be part of Pinehurst resort excludes those who cannot afford it. Folks who move here chose not to move to the surrounding towns for whatever reason, but Pinehurst also has connotation with it around the country. (Think golf, if it helps) The demographics are what they are. Are suggesting we should start busing kids all over the county to make all the schools equal in race, religion, disabilities etc. How much would that cost?
Really, because the vast majority of cost savings come from cutting positions, not the building itself. So, if most of the staff is going to be relocated to other schools, where are the cost savings? Now the truth of the matters is that parents and the community at large are being lied to by Dr. Purser and the BOE. They are taking advantage of the "budget crisis" to terminated AHES. Why? Within 1-2 years, the schools will be overcrowded and another school will have to built. So where is the sense of taking this school out? And if it was really about saving positions, maybe all the education staff could take a 5% paycut if it kept everyone employed. ( Truth is, the teachers and staff at AHES really got the short dirty end of the stick on this. Is these how we reward excellence?)
True, she is misrepresenting the facts. However, if most of the staff is going to be relocated to other schools, where is the true savings.
Does it not bother anyone that Ms. Purser and the Board of Education are basically lying to parents and the county about the true reason to close the school? If you read between the lines from the BOE members that have made comments, this is a done deal. Now if they are willing to lie about this, what else are they keeping from us? Can really afford to keep these folks elected? Should we not demand for Ms. Purser to resign?
Perhaps the issue is that AHES is the benchmark. Since others seem to not be able to reach it, we terminate the benchmark and thus set it lower. What a true disservice to all students at all the schools. The goal should be to duplicate AHES success. But just as education in general over the past decades, lets dumb it down so everyone feels good about themselves. Lest we forget that education is about learning.
So, if your child was in a school that was rated that high, and that child was doing great, you would be ok if they closed that school? Also its a matter of pride. The parents are a very involved group at AHES and are proud of its accomplishments, teachers and staff and most importantly, its students. And the comparison to it being a family is a very good one. More reason why parents are upset. And as parents, we should be thinking of our children first. Why send them to a school with a lower record then where they are now?
This information, without context, is useless. What percentage is the minority population from each respective area? Whats the respective poverty rate from each area? And lets not kid ourselves. Folks who move to Pinehurst do so for a reason and tend to be mid to upper class. If AHES reflects the population of Pinehurst, so be it, but don't hold it against it. Or are you for students being bussed to schools just to make the ratios equal.
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