Purser Answers Questions About Proposed Academy Heights Closure
Academy Heights parents were anxious to voice concerns and ask questions during an informational meeting held by School Superintendent Susan Purser at West Pine Elementary Thursday evening.
For over three hours, parents asked Purser various questions about how she came to recommend that Academy Heights be retired in a proposal to consolidate the system's year-round program.
Purser said the decision was strictly monetary and that she is confident that each Academy Heights student will still excel at a different school, whether it be in the year-round program at either Southern Pines Primary or Southern Pines Elementary, or at a school with a traditional calendar.
Parents repeatedly asked why Academy Heights was selected over older facilities.
Purser said the retirement of the school had been part of the master facility plan since 2006.
Many parents walked away dissatisfied with Purser's answers, but many also felt that they have a clear vision of what they need to discuss during a public hearing with the Board of Education next Monday.
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