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Should Harrison County Consolidate Schools?
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on September 18, 2012 @ 7:37PM
Created on September 18, 2012 @ 6:56PM
The Harrison County School Board is not presenting any plan about consolidation but Board President Michael Queen is asking parents to think about the concept.
"If you consolidate because you want to and that consolidation includes more programs for the kids and more academic opportunity, that's far better than consolidating because you have to," he said.
Some parents like the idea of consolidation but others are dead set against it.
"I think it would be better to lose a building than to lose teachers and without consolidation it's my understanding that we're going to have to lay off teachers," said Tera Goff, a mother of two at Adamston Elementary.
"Extremely against it," said Lincoln High School mom Chanell Sands. "Are they just looking at it from a money value or are they looking at it from an education, academic value? Sometimes I think they only look at their money side."
One idea thrown around is to have Robert C. Byrd and Liberty high schools merge at RCB; to move Mountaineer Middle and Washington-Irving Middle schools into Liberty; then to combine Adamston and Wilsonburg elementaries at Mountaineer Middle.
"It eliminates three of our oldest school buildings, saves about $700,000 a year and it doesn't eliminate any positions," said Queen.
Sands is concerned it would eliminate the closeness of teacher and student relationships.
"I like the idea of my kids going to a small school that only has the 600 or 700 kids compared to the larger schools that have 1,400 or 1,500 kids. I think they get left behind, that's where I think they start falling through the cracks," she said.
But Goff thinks kids can excel in a consolidated school.
"I went to a consolidated high school. My class sizes were smaller than when I went to a small school here. My English class had almost like 30 kids in it. In the consolidated school, we had somewhere around 20," she said.
Queen said the board isn't going to much about this topic until parents come to them.
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