Supes: Dim view of Buckhorn plan

Supes: Dim view of Buckhorn plan

There are 8 comments on the story from Dec 2, 2010, titled Supes: Dim view of Buckhorn plan. In it, reports that:

Sports Community Opinion A&E News Supes: Dim view of Buckhorn plan By ALTA LeCOMPTE / December 01, 2010 Supervisor William Blalock, the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors' anti-tax champion, is preparing to do battle against Mecklenburg's superintendent of schools, who has proposed closing Buckhorn Elementary to save $1 million ...

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Since: Sep 10

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#1 Dec 3, 2010
Blalock apparently isn't aware of all of the children currently leaving home in the dark. Give me a break. Every time someone in this county wants to do something progressive and modernized, there is someone old school opposing. I think the board needs new blood. Young blood. Just my opinion.

Wicomico, VA

#2 Dec 4, 2010
Reposted from Oct. 10. Only in their best interest. More attention paid to management careers than the education and well being of the students.

Is it me, average parent, or is it true that management is more interested in their own political situations, awards and future more than the need of the underpaid teacher’s classrooms, supplies and students? Why is it that some children continue on to middle school barely able to read and unable to perform simple mathematics like making change or the division of two candy bars between four children?
Is it true Mecklenburg imported teachers from other nations with tax dollars only to force them out because they were not from here? They were referred to as a “come here” and generally not expected to earn any tenure no matter how wonderful they can teach.
Why is it that some children fail in the classroom and yet are moved to the next grade where they fail on a greater scale? Yet the administration continues to receive awards for teaching and educating children some of whom cannot add or subtract? Are these award winners winning at the expense of our children’s future?
Why is it that some children are taught world history but cannot find that country on a globe? Why is there little or no respect between some faculty in the classroom, hallways or cafeteria? Some teachers are provided with anything needed for their classes and others must beg for the simple, basic necessities. Others have given up on their requests and pay for basics out of their own pockets or ask for donations.
Teachers have the serious responsibility of teaching our children. The children are our future. What will their capabilities be? When I was in elementary school we studied to pass a test. If we failed a grade we had to repeat it. That provided motivation to move on to the next grade. None wanted to be a failure in the eyes of their peers.
Every teacher should belong to the same team, the education
team. The number one priority is the education of the future generation. Most achieve but the cold hard fact is that some fail. They need something more, perhaps to repeat a semester. Wouldn’t it be better to correct an educational error at this point than to correct it after a failed job interview, or worse, never corrected?
Wouldn’t it be better to reward teachers based on academics rather than friendship or family ties? The hands of teachers are tied. The students may never know the names of all the continents unless the question appears on the SOL test.
We have done this to ourselves! What is even worse is that we are doing it to our children. The school administration is beginning to look less like superintendents and principles and more like monarchies. We have all learned what happens when we disagree with the king or queen.
Our children are being cheated. I wonder what the drop out rate is in our community colleges due to a lack of proper education in K-12. Again, is it just me or have any others seen this too?
west meck


#3 Dec 5, 2010
The new school superintendent really needs to go back where he came from. Since Mr. superintendent got here he has done nothing but bully people around and he seeks to change things like the building of a new high school which will cost us tax payers millions and then turn around and want to close down Buckhorn school, all I can say is go back home.

Since: Sep 10

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#4 Dec 6, 2010
Thomas, you pose a lot of good points. There are several problems in education now. First and foremost are the standards to which school systems are held. Because the infasis in ultimately put on scores, many STATES find ways to adapt. For example, in Virginia, any student with an IEP or 504 will qualify for an alternative test, which is nothing more than a portfolio of work. This is why you see students passing that can not normally meet learning standards.

In addition, you have administrations that will not suspend children for inappropriate behavior. Why? Attendance factors into whether a school makes AYP or Adequate Yearly Progress. Keeping these "high flyiers" in school disrupts the education of the majority. Yet another problem.

Teachers are underpaid, underrespected, and overtasked. Yes some have very limited resources while others get any and everything.

But, I don't think the new Super is the issue here. From what I've seen, he is letting go the insubordinates. And it was the board of supervisors that turned down the request for the one time bonus for teachers and support staff.

Our children need the best in education, and with the federal infasis on 21st Century Scools, I for one, would like to see new schools being built. Will it cost taxpayers money? Absolutely! But from where I sit, so does new roads, welfare for the poor, health care for the ederly, etc, etc, etc. As a parent with children, I want the best in education for them. Again, only my opinion and very respectfully submitted.

Bracey, VA

#5 Dec 7, 2010
I wonder why it is that, the economy is so bad that businesses can't afford to expand or build, but somehow, we are supposed to foot the bill for new schools in the middle of a recession. I agree that the kids need the best education they can get, but that doesn't automatically happen because they are in a shiny new building. I believe the only reason Boydton Elementary was closed was because the building was wanted for the School Board. It was so delapidated that it couldn't be a school, but somehow the money was found to make it into offices...funny, huh? Now, the only reason Buckhorn is on the chopping block is to create overcrowding in other schools, thereby making new schools a necessity. Kinda like, "create a problem so you can solve it?" Is 50 years really that old for a school building? I for one would rather see money go to hiring and keeping good teachers. I wonder how many McDonalds combos Dr. Thornton thinks it would take to do that?
parent citizen

Urbanna, VA

#6 Dec 8, 2010
this topic gets my blood roaring! first of all, i am a parent, business owner, and citizen. i work with the public and hear lots of views, what puzzles me is that people claim to want change, then have a dang hissy when it starts to happen. people fuss about "taxpayer" dollars building new schools, yet they dont fuss when "taxpayer" dollars foot welfare for all those who could be working..and dont say there are no jobs, cause when they were plentiful, these folks still wouldnt work. now, the next topic...bonus/raises..well if this is not the time to give them, then when is it? when they dont NEED it? come on people. we do have some awesome teachers, and then we have some that cant get hired elsewhere. the issue is not where the kids a great education, the issue is for us to provide it! parents who can afford it, send their kids to private schools...why? because they see how our system has been stuck in the rut for way to long. i commend the superintendent for the tough choices and changes he is making. i think he is just what we need. we need someone who is not influenced by the OLD WAY of THINKING and lets move forward!
school parent

Lynchburg, VA

#7 Dec 21, 2010
i am tired of the small hand full of local wealthy people controlling everything. every time we turn around the influential are pushing to get their way. The new superintendent isn't from around here and that turns off some local people. If there was someone qualified to be the superintendent, don't you think the school board would have hired them??? It is evident that the local people are stuck in the past and can't handle change unless they change it. For the uninformed, we need new schools and better infrastructure to show that the county is part of today and the future not stuck in Mr. Blalock's county of 50 years ago. Our schools facilities are crap and need to be updated. I bet even tight Mr. Blalock would build a new house if his was on the verge of condemnation like our middle schools. We need to realize the potential modern schools have to improve the county and what they could mean to outside investors. I don't have the luxury of money or plentiful land to leave to my children in hopes of enticing them to stay in Mecklenburg. I can only hope that we enter the present and attract some jobs that could make the want to stay. I know that is selfish, but doesn't every parent want their children close? I agree with the statement above that we need some younger people involved with our county government and that want to see change. Sad to say now that with the exception of one, it looks like under 60 is young! Oh by the way, the reason Mr. Blalock doesnt want any new taxes for schools is because he owns so much it would really impact him...

Bracey, VA

#8 Dec 28, 2010
I guess school parent voted for Obama....wants to take away from anybody who has achieved anything. And if money or land is what you think will keep your kids near, then I hope you aren't disappointed when they grow up because you are the one teaching them their values.

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