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"AH has by far the least diverse population of students in the county and by far the least amount of students on free or reduced lunch. That is DIRECTLY correlated to test scores. Every school in the county would be a top performer if you take away all the kids from less fortunate homes without parental involvement"
Are you kidding me? Are you telling me that because kids don't have much money or if they are from a less fortunate home that they can't pass tests, they can't learn? Did you even read this back after you posted it? I have a very successful friend that lives in Honk Kong to prove you wrong. He was on free lunch in school and was raised by a single mother from a mixed marriage. I think he would love to talk to you and set you straight.
Learning comes from teaching, and teaching comes from as many different places as one allows to let in. Any child can learn, that is not the issue here. Keeping another facility open that allows that to happen is the issue.
I don't believe this matter only affects AHES. In the long run it affects all of MCS. I would fight to keep any of the Moore County Schools open. If it is not budget cuts it will be overcrowding or something else causing our children distractions during their learning and learning should be job one. I know, or should hope, that all schools have built trust and love for their teachers,staff and parents and would fight for their school as hard as we are fighting for ours. Nobody thinks they are better than anyone else, but we have built that trust and love and don't want this hard work to go by the wayside. The fact that we have traditional and year round schools to choose from we should take as a blessing. This allows families to work around their individual circumstances to best provide attention to their everyday lives.
The fact that they are trying to say the closing is solely due to the age of the campus worries me. Is the facility unsafe? There are many buildings and houses in the Moore County area, that people work and live in every day, that are of the same age. If the facility is unsafe then we should have been told of this long ago. If it passes safety inspection, then the age is neither here nor there. This could have all been avoided back in 2006 if a plan was put into place to move or incorporate the school when they came up with the facility master plan. They maybe could have built West Pine Elementary a little bigger to accept the students and accept county growth.
Bottom line is the Academy Heights parents just want more time, more options and more communication.
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