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local mom

Covington, VA

#1 Feb 8, 2013
I'm a bit surprised at the shock people are in that Allegheny schools are being closed. I berry allot of voters are now wishing they had said yes to consolidation!

I think there is a good plan out there, I've heard some good ideas, but maybe these ideas are not being shared with the school board. Does anyone have thoughts on the matter?
WVfbFan

Covington, VA

#2 Feb 8, 2013
I voted for consolidation because I knew school closing were unevidable. With the population dwindling it was obvious. I was hoping together we would be stronger. But I guess more people were worried about there own issues and voted it down. And here we are.
local mom

Covington, VA

#3 Feb 8, 2013
I agree, consolidation was the best solution. The option is still out there, but Dr Campbell would have to be willing to work with Covington on that. fat chance of that!
I voted against

Covington, VA

#4 Feb 8, 2013
Covington goes to school even when alleghany cant.. If consolidated covington will be missing school just cause the county cant. Also larger schools miss out on a lot of bullying. We wont have covington vs alleghany so losing out on money that they make for the games. Children have to ride the bus longer, they are already having kids sit on laps because the buses are full. Thats not very safe. None of this will help our kids.
Yep

Richmond, VA

#5 Feb 9, 2013
I voted against wrote:
Covington goes to school even when alleghany cant.. If consolidated covington will be missing school just cause the county cant. Also larger schools miss out on a lot of bullying. We wont have covington vs alleghany so losing out on money that they make for the games. Children have to ride the bus longer, they are already having kids sit on laps because the buses are full. Thats not very safe. None of this will help our kids.
well said. I agree 100%.
do what it takes

Covington, VA

#6 Feb 9, 2013
The school board needs to do what it takes to keep the schools open. What I think we don't need is the AC at AHS. That money can be spent on budget to keep the 2-3 schools open.
kids first

Covington, VA

#7 Feb 9, 2013
I voted against wrote:
Covington goes to school even when alleghany cant.. If consolidated covington will be missing school just cause the county cant. Also larger schools miss out on a lot of bullying. We wont have covington vs alleghany so losing out on money that they make for the games. Children have to ride the bus longer, they are already having kids sit on laps because the buses are full. Thats not very safe. None of this will help our kids.
so did I
local mom

Covington, VA

#8 Feb 9, 2013
If the school systems joined, there would be more buses. Kids would not be on the bus as long. Example, shorter bus ride going from Potts creek to edgemont than Potts creek to Callaghan. Close falling, Sharon, boiling, use Covington high school as a centralized elementary school.
Bottom line, there are too many buildings for the number of children!
I voted against

Richmond, VA

#9 Feb 9, 2013
They would have to spend more money to build an even bigger school to hold all the kids..
No Really Sure

Redwood, VA

#10 Feb 9, 2013
local mom wrote:
If the school systems joined, there would be more buses. Kids would not be on the bus as long. Example, shorter bus ride going from Potts creek to edgemont than Potts creek to Callaghan. Close falling, Sharon, boiling, use Covington high school as a centralized elementary school.
Bottom line, there are too many buildings for the number of children!
CHS is not really designed to work as an elementary school very well with out serious renovations according to the Va Dept. of Ed., and you have a brand new elementary school that actually has more room just 4 miles away. AHS does not have enough classroom space for the number of teachers and programs offered at both high schools without a decent size addition. A merger is possible if the county school board is willing to talk, but it can't be done without some money being spent on facilities or you will have a worse mess than we have now.
Maria

Covington, VA

#11 Feb 9, 2013
local mom wrote:
If the school systems joined, there would be more buses. Kids would not be on the bus as long. Example, shorter bus ride going from Potts creek to edgemont than Potts creek to Callaghan. Close falling, Sharon, boiling, use Covington high school as a centralized elementary school.
Bottom line, there are too many buildings for the number of children!
Falling Springs has the highest SOL scores out of all of our schools, why close one that is benefiting so well? I say keep falling springs open and do whatever you want to the rest.
put kids first

Greenbelt, MD

#12 Feb 9, 2013
First off Sharon is the only Blue Ribbon school so why close it? Second Mt. View is doing the best they can but it proves that larger classes only makes it more difficult to teach and get through to the children so to combine the these two schools would be doing our children a big injustice plus It's not fair to the teacher's to be held responsible for sol scores with class sizes as big as they would have to be... These two schools have the highest enrollment of students along with the highest number of special ed students. We as a community need to think about what's best for all children and not just our own. I am speaking as a parent as well as an advocate for our special needs children and their families we have to look out for our children and their future so let's do what's best for them . Not what's best for parents, teacher's or school board members....
hmm

Alexandria, VA

#13 Feb 9, 2013
According to reports Sharon has 30 more students than falling spring..that's not that many. Sharon also has more teachers than Falling Spring. Falling spring is also nationally accredited Sharon is not. Falling spring is ranked 12 in the state in "first in math" program. Falling Spring was renovated in 04. Sharon is much closer to mves. Who wants their 5 year old on a bus for 80 minutes? The report done last year recommends sending more students there. But truthfully there's so many other options out there to help the kids.Hopefully the board makes the decisions that are best for ALL the kids.
ummm

Covington, VA

#14 Feb 9, 2013
SOL scores don't always tell everything... Let's take a look at the Special Eduction population Falling has before bragging about that. Also, take a look at their low socioeconomic statistics also before bragging. It's easy to have the highest scores when you don't have kids in the major reporting categories. Should a 5 year old have to be on the bus for an hour to get from Cliftondale Park to Mountain View? I am not a supporter of closing any school. No schools should be closed before cuts are made at the top... So before you criticize other schools make sure you know all the facts.
put kids first

Capitol Heights, MD

#15 Feb 9, 2013
I don't think that anyone wants to see schools close.. I am just saying if this ends up being the only option let's look at what's best for our students Mt. View and Sharon have the highest number of students in special ed plus they both have early childhood programs we need to consider this .. come on people look a the facts first.. why should our special needs students suffer more by sticking them in larger class sizes it's not fair to them or the teacher who is being held responsible for their education. Also if you look at Sharon and Mt. View both of these schools are title one schools which is based on free and reduced luches.. I wish we all could be as fortunate as the Falling Springs community but we are not and your students don't deserve to be treated better just because the majority of your students come from higher income families than Mt. View or Sharon students.
local

Covington, VA

#16 Feb 9, 2013
Maria wrote:
<quoted text>Falling Springs has the highest SOL scores out of all of our schools, why close one that is benefiting so well? I say keep falling springs open and do whatever you want to the rest.
Obviously your kids go to falling.
Keep the best teachers. Its time teachers be held accountable. Weed out the weak.
put kids first

Capitol Heights, MD

#17 Feb 9, 2013
Why should teachers with 25-30 students be held at same standards as a teacher with 12 students come on... I am not saying that there aren't teachers that need to be considering moving on to a new career or retirement but come on it' s easier to teach 12 students than it is 25 or more . If we put Sharon and My View together it will be even worse than 30 to a class it's not fair to our teachers and definitely not fair to our students..
Teachers

Redwood, VA

#18 Feb 9, 2013
local wrote:
<quoted text>
Obviously your kids go to falling.
Keep the best teachers. Its time teachers be held accountable. Weed out the weak.
Teachers are held accountable, sometimes to almost impossible standards when they are constantly having their workload increase because of more and more testing programs, training, re-certification, SOL's, and documentation that is required but has little to do with their classroom instruction. On top of this they have had their pay frozen for years. Many teachers in our area who have been teaching less than 20 years make 30-50% less than workers at MWV, but are forced to have a college degree and continuously justify their existence. It is about the kids and no one goes into teaching to get rich I'm sure, but moral starts to suffer when hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent every year to keep schools open that are half empty at the expense of employees who may never be able to retire and get burned out. It is going to get harder and harder to attract good teachers when they find out that the school system will sacrifice their future and advancement to be inefficient. Area school systems have had to hire teachers at the top of the pay scale in certain subjects because newer teachers are unwilling to move to a declining area that has few resources, but is expected to produce the same results as the richest counties in the state.
talking

Covington, VA

#19 Feb 10, 2013
Teachers wrote:
<quoted text>
Teachers are held accountable, sometimes to almost impossible standards when they are constantly having their workload increase because of more and more testing programs, training, re-certification, SOL's, and documentation that is required but has little to do with their classroom instruction. On top of this they have had their pay frozen for years. Many teachers in our area who have been teaching less than 20 years make 30-50% less than workers at MWV, but are forced to have a college degree and continuously justify their existence. It is about the kids and no one goes into teaching to get rich I'm sure, but moral starts to suffer when hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent every year to keep schools open that are half empty at the expense of employees who may never be able to retire and get burned out. It is going to get harder and harder to attract good teachers when they find out that the school system will sacrifice their future and advancement to be inefficient. Area school systems have had to hire teachers at the top of the pay scale in certain subjects because newer teachers are unwilling to move to a declining area that has few resources, but is expected to produce the same results as the richest counties in the state.
I agree 100%! In fact, I don't know why anyone would want to be a public school teacher! Low pay, difficult students, even more difficult parents, etc! We're lucky that anyone takes these jobs! Who would want to pay for 4 years of college so your child would be qualifies to take a job making less than the janitors in some industrial settings! Sure, teachers get a summer break, but that doesn't make up for the low pay! Then, every time the subject of money comes up, you see postings about "weeding out the weak", accountability, etc! These remarks are probably coming from someone who makes a much higher pay rate and spends a lot of his/her workday sleeping in a corner, playing games, or hiding from the boss!
talking

Covington, VA

#20 Feb 10, 2013
qualifies s/b "qualified"

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