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Frustrating to watch / October 22, 2014

Dear Viewpoint,

I am so frustrated with the gridlock situation between the “Supes” and the School Board. Our county seems to mimic our national politics! Nothing positive is accomplished, and we the people of Mecklenburg County, deserve better than this. It is disturbing that some of our local representatives cannot work together for the benefit of our students. A good educational system is the cornerstone for a “healthy” county. Right now, neither our school system nor our county seem to be in very good shape.

I realize some of our “Supes” are not happy with all of Dr. Thornton’s changes and decisions, but this should not give them the “excuse” to punish our students by not pursuing plans to provide educational facilities and programs that can educate and prepare our children of the 21st century. Some of our buildings are in deplorable shape and no amount of reasonable repair can bring them up to acceptable standards. How do we expect to attract and maintain quality teachers when their salaries are marginal and the buildings are dilapidated? Really! For example, my husband is one of the dedicated mentors to the robotics program at Bluestone High — a few years back he had to duct tape holes in the broken windows in the area where they build the robot. Five years later, he had to retape the holes as the duct tape had peeled with age. You may say this is minor, but it is a symptom of a sick system — a bigger problem.

I am so disappointed in some of the Supervisors of Mecklenburg County for not stepping up to the plate to do all they can to provide a good education for our younger generation in good, safe buildings. The failure to do this has resulted in continued high unemployment, low wages and the inability to attract young families to our county.

How well are our students and teachers? Not well at all, with little hope in the immediate future.

Respectfully submitted,
Linda Messier, Clarksville

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