When it opens next winter, the new Southern Pines Elementary school off Morganton Road will be one of the most positive lifts the town has had in years. For years, the town has had to put up with dual schools — built in the era of segregation — that did not meet modern standards or the expectations of newly arriving families.

But what would make this boost in local education even better would be preserving the current Southern Pines Elementary as an educational hub for years to come rather than simply sell the land to rapacious developers who would just as soon bulldoze decades of history.

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The County Commission er should allow the Montessori school to purchase the building

“rapacious developers“ You have just slandered one of the few segments of our local economy that is doing well economically. Construction brings jobs to many people. Shuttered retail businesses don’t. Who ever heard of expecting to be offered property at appraised values? The market determines the price, not a tax appraisal. Who knows, the market might dictate a selling price lower than the appraisal. The bottom line is that this is a property owned by taxpayers. The Commissioners have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize the sales proceeds and use it to lower our debt and tax burden. I personally hope that all charter schools continue to expand, but they need to do this without special treatment. If the school is deemed historic, then it would be on the register and any changes to it would be difficult, correct? Can we please stop referring to buildings having been constructed “during segregation” ? All of downtown Pinehurst would be the same, including the Carolina Hotel and Resort. That chapter of our history ended some 60 years ago!

Jim Tomashoff

Kent writes: "Can we please stop referring to buildings having been constructed “during segregation” ? ......That chapter of our history ended some 60 years ago!"

He chose to leave out the one word that would better enable us to understand where Kent is really coming from. That word, "unfortunately."

Many thanks to the Pilot for providing a thoughtful commentary on the use of a valuable community resource, which use might itself enhance the neighborhood and downtown Southern Pines. And further thanks for avoiding the Ayn Randish eruptions that Mr. Misegades posts on a regular basis.

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