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Will Chatham County have to close a school or two?

By Karen Craig
Posted Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County schools are in serious trouble. And not from our school administration, but because the Federal Government's subsidies are running out, with no plan to renew. What are they thinking? And what do we expect? I'm sure Chatham County is trying to consider all of the possibilities to keep the schools open, but things, jobs and positions will have to be cut.

Will it be teachers' assistants? Will they close entire schools to eliminate costs? Let's face it, there's no way things will ever be the same unless the government steps up and subsidizes our nation's schools. I am a volunteer at Perry Harrison School, I go to school for two full days a week to help out in the media center because one position was cut from Chatham County schools last summer, the media assistant. If it weren't for volunteers like myself and a few others, there is no way that the media center could operate with only one media specialist (librarian) to run everything. She has quite a lot to do, and it is the volunteers that keep her from having to be in multiple places at once.

Closing a school with a low number of students enrolled may be the best choice of eliminating costs

Does our school system expect volunteers to step up and do the work of the teachers' assistants? I don't think they can assume that much, but what other choices do they have?

Closing a school with a low number of students enrolled may be the best choice of eliminating costs, it would be a difficulty that (not only) parents will have to deal with if they want their children to be publicly educated. Would that be enough to bring our school system's operating costs down to a level that could be workable?

I'm sure the administration can tell us, and let's just let them do their jobs and try to be supportive of whatever decision they come to. We have no reason to lash out at them for trying to make things work for the best interests of our children.

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