Twin Rivers School District
Posted in the Williford Forum
#1 Mar 15, 2010
It was saddening to hear of the state take over of the the Twin Rivers School District. The small district was filled with many issues, many of which could only be solved with time,cooperation, and consistent effort. However, on these message boards there has been a great deal of blame thrown around. For a moment, let's take a look back at the history of the district.
Oak Ridge Central and Williford consolidated out of necessity. Both schools needed each other to maintain the minimum enrollment, so blaming one campus over another is foolish. Both schools were in need and thought an administrative consolidation would allow them to co-exist without having to actually deal with one another. Obviously, as many small schools have demonstrated administrative consolidations rarely work, and thus the fates of the two schools were tied together.
Despite, the percieved effectiveness of administrators, teachers, and students there was an alternative to closing the school district. The alternative was presented to the patrons of the school district before any of the current infractions or state involvement took place. As with many other administrative consolidations, maintaining two campuses was expensive and a poor use of revenue.
Therefore, a plan to purchase land and build a new school between the existing campuses was developed. Would this have solved all the districts issues? No, but it would have given it a battling chance and would have consolidated the best resources of both schools into a small but viable school within the district. However, the patrons of the district chose to vote down the tax increase to build a new school.
The primary excuse was that no one wanted to pay higher taxes. The actual reason was that people were too proud to put aside their differences and recognize that in order to maintain a school in their community they would have to work together and yes pay more taxes. Ironically, now that the state has stepped in and split the district into several pieces taxes will increase across the board and there will be no school in their community.
Taxpayers who voted against higher taxes for their own school district will now be paying higher taxes for nice, new facilities in another community. As stated earlier, Williford and Oak Ridge Central wanted to maintain their autonomy and this autonomy has come at a price.
This eventuality was predicted. When the campaign for the tax increase was under way school officials, administrators, teachers, and school board members tried their best to get the communities to realize that a fate very similar to this was in the district's future if action was not taken. The patrons of the district refused to believe that their school would be closed. The patrons were warned that this eventuality or something very similar would happen if the communities did not work closely together. Unfortunately, the stubborn pride, internal and external sabotage, and misplaced trust of the patrons has resulted in the closure of yet another rural school.
I am sad the district is closing. There are many good people who work and learn there even today. My thoughts and prayers go out to them. My hope is that the employees and students of the school district find their way in an uncertain future.
#2 Mar 16, 2010
Oak ridge had the highest millage in Randolph county How are my taxes gonna be higher? The arrorgant school board bought the land before asking the patrons to approve the tax. Four of the school board members had taken personal bankruptcy.They had already pissed away the surplus that had existed when Mr adams left. They couldnt take care of their own personal finances. Yet we where supposed to give those guys a 9 million dollar blank check. It would have been a 30 year payback. The proposed new building would have been oboselete before it was paid off. I along with most of the other voters will probably be dead before that 30 years was up. I prefer to think that the voters where very wise in defearing the tax proposal for the new building. They knew exactly what they where voting against. Then the location where the purchased the land. Rough piece of ground that would have cost more for the dirt work than they dreamed and on the Imboden school district line? just 7 mile,s from the imboden school? Dumdass solution made by a bunch of dumb ass board members. Thank god the voters didnt fall for this redicilous proposal. Its not the end of the world that the district is dissolved. Actually it is a good thing. The school failed becaues it was a failure! It couldnt meet many of the required standards and would never have even if they had a new building. The school is not the building. It is the compination of the students teachers administration school board and patrons . We did not work together as a group with a common goal and now the state board has solved the problem.
#3 Mar 18, 2010
Can someone please post the link to the Save Twin River's School District that is on Facebook? I tried typing it in and nothing came up. Not sure if Facebook is having problems or what. Thanks!!
#4 Dec 18, 2010
Will Paulette Crouthers still have a job? Is she good at what she does?
#5 Feb 25, 2011
Well its over and done with. The school closed for good. The lawsuit went no place The students all went to school someplace else. It all turned out ok. The Best part everyones taxes where reduced and the market value went up!!
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