G-LtE™: New Schools
I am just curious and was wondering if ANYONE can give a reasonable explanation as to why the high school cannot be converted to a grade school and middle school and then only build a new high school?
The high school uses all the Morris’ sports facilities so a gym would be the only extracurricular facility needed.
It seems to me there is so much wasted money being spent that we DO NOT have.
I know there is talk of SBA money but essentially, that money comes from our tax dollars and is not manna from Heaven.
I am really disgusted with every time you turn around, a NEW plan has been formed and everyone asks themselves “Where did this one come from?“
I am tired of always being told of what will be instead of having a say in anything (is that a totalitarian government?) “They” want to build all these new schools and with the mess this county is in, who would want to move here with their children and expose them to this?
Greed seems to be word of the day for some and the children in the schools will be the ones suffering.
Many parents are speaking of taking their children out of the county and there goes more of a population decline.
The ones who have worked hard all their lives just want to enjoy life without all the drama this generates!
Our children need to feel they have a secure future instead of uncertainty.
I strongly believe if they would ask for spiritual guidance to make decisions, all this conflict would disappear. Think about!!
~~ Ms. Sadie ~~
Your idea is “right on.“ I don’t understand at all why students from Troy elementary would be sent to a inter-county school school instead of a school in Gilmer county. The SBA certainly doesn’t have the students’ best interest at heart. I think they just wanted to establish the first inter-county school because that would be a bold move. Then they turn around and say they are going to build a new grade school to accommodate three schools in the county. The Glenville elementary school is fairly new. What becomes of it? And most of all—the citizens of Gilmer county are not being included in the decision-making process. This a classic case of wasting taxpayer’s money.
Comment by Citizen on 08.13.2012
Sadie, If you read the new transfer policy wording giving the Superintendent the right to move students anywhere he wants your description of totalitarian rule is confirmed.The fault lies with apathy and long term inaction by Gilmer County citizens. For some reason it is now considered bad to speak up and this is what we get as a result.
Greed feeds every new plan. What difference does it make to put 400 in the High School or 400 in a New Elementary School? The legislated requirement for distance to be traveled by elementary level students and common sense that tells us the smaller children would suffer.
That is the reality and why students living on county borders are being offered to Lewis, Calhoun and Braxton County
Gilmer County needs two elementary schools to meet the needs of the children. Money can be found for new banners, new furniture and all the pretty little window dressings. Why can’t we find it for books and buildings? God only knows.
Comment by NJH on 08.13.2012
This is the greatest idea I have heard so far. Dr. Simmons here you go.
Comment by Jacob L on 08.13.2012
This is a sensible, intelligent idea. Practical even. Those 50 year old buildings are in good shape and would allow us to spend money on teachers, supplies and computers to help the students. What a novel idea. Why not?
Comment by The Original Just Wondering on 08.13.2012
In the Scriptures there is a constant call to seek justice. Isaiah speaks to the fact that while the people of God are praying and praying and praying, they are not doing anything about the injustice.
…Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
…So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance: truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey…
The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, He was appalled that there was no one to intervene… Isaiah 59.
Charity is no substitute for justice withheld. What is happening to our schools and the impact it will have on the children and families of Gilmer County has little to do with justice. Changing the rules to suit the immediate wants of the powerful is self serving. We must not just pray for justice and leave the rest to God. Shouldn’t we “walk our talk” and work to put our prayers into action?
Comment by Look What Keeping Still Got Us on 08.13.2012
These truths and facts are well known and understood now.
} many reports clearly state WVDOE as dysfunctional
} that dysfunction has been discussed by the legislature
} incumbent Gov Tomblin is well aware of State DOE dysfunction.
} State Superintendent Marple is also well aware of dysfunction.
} Our school district staff in every county is aware of dysfunction.
} Our local GC teachers, staff, and elected Board of Education see this dysfunction every day.
} Parents, students, voters have daily conversations, wondering if—anyone—is going to do—anything—about it ???????
Comment by Anonymous on 08.13.2012
I hope he thinks about 3 & 4 year old head start children along with pre-K and K ages riding a bus for and hour and a half each way when the new school site is selected. We really need two elementary schools.
Comment by Too Much on 08.13.2012
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