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Support, grow and improve our existing Chatham County high schools

By Meg Miller
Posted Monday, February 14, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Oh Jeffrey Starkweather, you remind me of me when I used to run around saying the sky was falling if we don't have a new high school in time for my kids. Now it's your grandkids. Wish I had taken a lot of that energy I used fighting for a new school and put it into improving what we have. I finally figured that one out.

Northwood High School is a great school and it produces smart, productive college bound and not college bound students. It should be expanded to take full advantage of it's prime location and it's ninety plus acres.

And when we do need a new high school it shouldn't be located on Jack Bennett Road for all the reasons that have been stated since that land was hastily purchased ten years ago. I'm not quite sure what "empirical" evidence is but it doesn't take a genius (or a lawyer) to realize that many small high schools are more expensive to run.

Northwood is not a "large" high school by any means and if it was taken to 3A (1,400 students) it could expand the options offered to its student. Maybe an IB program? Freshmen Academy? `

My kids went to, enjoyed, grew and were educated just fine at Northwood. One attends UNC at Chapel Hill and the other will choose from many offers this fall.

The other option I would propose to the Commissioners is to improve the three high schools we have and fill them up with redistricting and expand Northwood and Jordan-Matthews and Chatham Central if possible. No other school district in the North Carolina supports three high school this small. Because they know it's simply not fiscally responsible.

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