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Strawberry, I agree - I thought the same thing when I read this. Too much info of how it was done. Thoughts and prayers to this family.
Your right AHES came together & made some noise, but they were also given more time to do so. Can you tell me when PES & WPE had time? Dr Purser met with the AHES last Thurs evening at WPE to disclose her new proposal, but PES & WPE were not informed of this meeting. And should have been because it involves our schools too. I certainly don't blame AHES for this, but we were not given the consideration that they were. The BOE had their minds made up before Monday's meeting.
You right Fmbd that is something be proud of. PES & WPE weren't given any time to come up with any options. We were not even included at the meeting that was held at West Pine Elementary, when this second proposal was announced to AHES!
@slickwilly - You may want to go back a read. Here is what was said in the article: Parents Rally for Academy Heights:
"If the school is closed, Bonecutter will have to send her daughter to West Pine Elementary, which she calls an “undesirable” option because of its traditional schedule and its lack of an academic record as a brand new school.“It’s just not Academy Heights,” she said. “Their success rate is not proven. Ours is.”"
It is obvious that the BOE minds were made up before the meeting last night. It doesn't seem that any families involved is pleased with this outcome. There are AHES parents, that have more than one child, that are already saying that if they have to split their children between 2 elementary schools then they would just transfer to the traditional schedule at PES or WPE to keep them in one elementary school. I can't blame them for this, but the application process should be the same as if someone from the traditional schedule wanted to transfer to the year round schedule. If most of the parents of AHES feel this way, then we'll have overcrowding again and the classroom sizes of the year round will be even smaller. So why have the year round program? Other than housing the ones that are out of district.
Are comments like this really necessary? Do you have children effected by this? Oh that's right you're new to the area and your grandchildren are in school up north, but think that you know so much about the Moore County education system. You may want to take the time to read ALL of the comments from all of the articles in The Pilot pertaining to this subject. You may understand the parents/teachers of the other schools frustrations and stop being so harsh to them!
I was actually referring to the ones that were ALREADY in PES/WPE traditional transferring into the year round program at PES/WPE.
I found this on the AHES FAQ on the MCS website: "If families at PES wish to switch between the year-round program and traditional program, it may be possible; however, that is dependent on the numbers. The same applies to WPES." It sounds like there will be waiting list. Since not everyone will get a choice, why make PES and WPE year round and traditional?
About 33% of the children in AHES are not in the PES or WPE district. Alot (not all) of AHES children are children of hospital employees, so there are children from all over Moore County. I know of someone that called about their child attending AHES and the first question to them was, "do you work at the hospital?". When she said no, then she was told that there was a waiting list. I think that parents of AHES have different reasons for putting their children in AHES and it's not just because of the year round program. Some just don't want their kids attending the district that they live in. As it stands now, if you go to AHES then you automatically go to West Pine Middle and Pinecrest High School. I think that it should also be considered that once the year round program runs out after 5th grade and they go into middle school, then they should be required to go back to the district they live in. This would show how many are really in it for the year round program and who are just placing their child there to avoid going the their own district. I think that the new proposal is not the best choice. Why disrupt 2 schools of 800 for 250, if Southern Pines has the room for them, then they should go with the first plan, should AHES be closed. There has already been an adjustment to West Pine Middle School's start/end time to accommodate the traffic problems between WPE & WPM. This will just add more chaos.
What about the principal and asst principal (if there is one) salaries? That's two positions that may be included in the 410K, that would not be needed, should the school be closed.
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