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Nothing for Northwood

By Meg Miller
Posted Monday, March 27, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - At last week's Northwood PTSA meeting, I mistakenly told the crowd that Northwood would be included in the upcoming bond with 4 million dollars for general upkeep; new windows, HVAC, bathroom renovation, paint etc. All of these items are long overdue.

I am sorry to say, I was mistaken. There will be nothing for Northwood on the bond except a POD (eight classroom mobile unit) to accommodate 200 more students. This will bring Northwood to 400+ OVER CAPACITY, while doing nothing about traffic, parking, cramped quarters for all but in particular sports and the arts, cafeteria space, media space. In general, the building is in poor shape, in need of the above mentioned routine maintenance on a thirty-five year old building.

It's not going to happen.

The bright side is maybe folks who come to look at all these new homes Mr. Morgan, Mr. Emerson and Mr. Outz have approved that they get one look at Northwood and turn tail and run.

Northwood is not a BAD school but it is already pushed to it's limits.

Overcrowding takes its toll on the building but also, and more importantly and the staff and students.

Shame on all the people responsible for allowing us to dig this hole.

If you have a 4th grader or older, they will attend Northwood. Those of you "holding out hopes" for a new high school, well, get on the bus of those of us who already took that ride. It's time to get involved with Northwood, for Northwood's future.

Oh, and there's nothing for Horton or Pittsboro or Moncure or Silk Hope or any other school that have needs. It's bare bones. A new Middle School and a scaled down High School for the Northeast. Siler City's already getting a new elementary and Jordan Matthews got it's expansion. Will this bond get the support it needs when it doesn't provide but for a few; in particular Briar's Chapel?

Hard to say.

Folks have been warning of this for years. Poor planning. No planning.

Well, welcome to the reality of unchecked growth in rural counties that don't have the money or the leadership to deal with it.

Sorry if I'm rambling, but I'm overwhelmed by the news that the most overcrowded high school in the fastest growing area of the county must struggle for 5 more years with nothing.

 
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