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A trustee responds

SoVaNow.com / September 04, 2013


Dear Viewpoint:

In reference to “Let’s Get Our Priorities In Order” (letter printed above):

First of all, the picture that was printed of the desks thrown into a pile at the MCPS Bus Shop; I am the board member that questioned and demanded accountability for this waste of taxpayer dollars, an incident that took place without the knowledge of the elected school board. It is time the citizens of Mecklenburg County hold accountable the people they elected to oversee the management of our school system! This “21st Century” idea of putting our children at “tables” to “collaborate and learn” may be a good idea, but if this is true, why are there school systems that tried this method and continue to use their existing desks to accomplish this goal? It is time we implement more common sense in our decision making processes than throw money at every idea that comes along.

As for the OCR complaint about our two high schools’ accessibility; these schools, as well as others across the state, were “grandfathered” on this issue. And that was my question, “Why Bluestone High School and Park View High School? Our two middle schools were built at the same time, but no accessibility problems were reported. The same problems exist in schools throughout Virginia, but only our two high schools were selected? So, to solve this problem, we employ a consultant to work on this problem at a rate of approximately $5,000.00 per month. Once again, our tax dollars at work.

I was present at the study for new schools in 1994 and have always looked to better school facilities for our children in Mecklenburg County. Before this letter, I was asked to be on our new “Educational Committee” to move this issue forward. I look forward to a common sense approach to new schools and renovations to our existing structures, but it makes no sense to look at building new schools, when we seem to do nothing to maintain the ones we have.

Our new mission statement, “How Well are the Children?” can only be answered by asking, “How Well are our Leaders?”

I believe in serving the peoples’ children of Mecklenburg County!

Glenn Edwards, School Board Member

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