Helena Wallin-Miller, on behalf of the Board of Education, painted a picture of additional needs for our school system that would fully fund the current obligations of the schools and add an additional $4.2 million in funds to replace previous cuts and add new positions in several areas.
While I do not have children or grandchildren eligible to attend Moore County Schools, if I did, I am confident the system they would enter is one of the finest in our state, staffed by dedicated, smart teachers, and ancillary staff who deserve our thanks and support.
The chairwoman makes a good case for the board’s additional requests, yet we have to remember that when it comes to education, every request, every project, every expenditure is a “must do” and is important to someone’s child. As painful a job as it must be, the county commissioners now need to review these requests knowing that they have the support of the board and the families and children they represent. Presumably the commissioners will prioritize the requests, rank them in importance, and then fund as many of them as possible.
Looking at the chairwoman’s list, there are three requests that should be at the top of the commissioners’ list for funding. The first is $1.35 million to maintain current operations beyond next year. The second is $1.06 million to replace past cuts.
Lastly, there is the $850,000 to add a number of infrastructure positions, coupled with $110,000 to restore digital information assistant positions.
Tom Adams, Southern Pines