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Letter to the Editor

Takes School Board and Superintendent to task for economic impact


web posted March 5, 2009
Dear Editor,
Perhaps it's just the economic climate we are presently experiencing or the fact that our Edgefield County School Board has simply failed in making the correct decisions concerning our children and their educational futures. Make no doubt, a movement is underway to hold these individuals responsible for their actions. Recently, while attending a ECSB meeting, I could feel the shame and anger coming from other parents as we listened to our elected representatives bicker and argue.  We were repeatedly reminded that ECSB meetings were private affairs that the general public
was invited to watch.  Honestly, I was given the impression that answering questions from the general public would not be tolerated.

Gone are the days of allowing the ECSB to make the correct decisions without having to play a role in that business.  As parents, we simply can't allow the ECSB to go unchecked in its daily work and expect our children to get the best possible education available.  Now is the time to become involved, to attend these meetings and make sure that our voices are heard.  Now is the time to recruit other parents into this movement.  Together, we can make a difference.  However, if we remain silent, unwilling to participate, our children will be the ones who suffer for years to come. 

I'm often reminded of my home state of Louisiana and the great difficulty she encounters in luring new industry within her borders.  Not many years ago, a high ranking official with the Nissan Motor Corporation visited the state in order to inspect a potential plant site.  During the two days he spent visiting the area he made a point of touring the local middle and high schools.  Weeks later, the local residents had their eyes opened to the importance of education at this level.  In his report on why Nissan
would not be building a plant in Louisiana, the executive sighted the low standardized testing scores from the parish he visited.  In addition, he pointed out a downward trend in those tests.  In closing, Nissan simply couldn't afford to build a plant in an area where its potential workforce tested so poorly.

Please understand that the educational success of our children today doesn't just effect them personally.  Our success and failure as a county depends heavily on what they do today.  After attending only one ECSB meeting, I'm sad to say that I don't feel the present leadership is capable of accomplishing the goals we need to fulfill.  I hope that each of you will be watching the test scores of our children over the next couple of
years.  If we see a downward turn in those scores, Dr. Crenshaw will have to go.  We must demand success, we must remain vocal, we must become involved.

John L. Brown Jr.
Edgefield
 
 




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