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Mecklenburg County elementary school upgrades on hold

Supervisors push back at $20 million request for outdated buildings

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The results are in

Okay students, test time is up. Put down your pencils and turn in your work. Well, whaddaya know — your grades are back already. Let’s see how everyone did.

Mixed message

Two weeks ago I wrote a lengthy front-page article on the dual enrollment program at Halifax County High School that I hope fairly laid out its pros and cons. So, folks with limited patience might ask: What’s the bottom line? The answer is, alas, complicated. Some people will tell you that college-level classes at HCHS are all sizzle and not much steak, and others testify to the benefits that kids and families have reaped from dual enrollment—usually measured in dollars-and-cents savings on future higher ed costs, the result of students racking up community college credits while still in high school. Everyone’s experience is different. No one has a monopoly on the truth, and seemingly everyone has an anecdote to share. What I ended up with was a mixed picture on the college-level academic program at Halifax County High School — in marked contrast, it should be noted, to the official line that dual enrollment at HCHS is proof of Halifax County’s commitment to providing a world-class education for our kids.

Into the sunset

In just about all of life’s pursuits you’ll find solid, hardworking, competent people who keep their heads down, theirs lips zipped and their eyes on the ball. They usually do a great job of tending to business — theirs, and sometimes even yours. Then there are folks who go the other way: people who can’t leave well enough alone, who go out of their way to act in gratuitous fashion, who won’t shoot straight because that’s hard to do so while talking out of both sides of the mouth.

Thoughtful

Thought of the day #1: If someone around here really wanted to stimulate the economy, they’d have built a new unemployment office by now.

The dim reaper

What a prize for a press corps we have in this country. I was pecking away at the keyboard last Friday afternoon when my brother called and told me about this Santelli guy going off on CNBC. Come to find out later that correspondent Rick Santelli's rant against the Obama Administration's mortgage relief plan was an instant media sensation, drawing only slightly less page views on the Internet than the Bible has received throughout recorded history. Jeremiah had nothing on this Santelli guy. Reap the whirlwind and all that booyah!

Stepping up

We’ll see what the Board of Supervisors decides to do with the new bids for the county’s abandoned school properties, but I sure was glad to see Jack Dunavant step up this week with a $100,000 offer for C.H. Friend.

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