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School district facilities need closer look

Posted: December 16, 2010 6:42 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2010 5:00 a.m.

When I retired from the Kershaw County School Board in 1998, it was not a retirement from continuing to seek the best that our educational institution had to offer to our youth. I thought, surely the technological system would take over since each student in ninth grade was given a computer to aid in their educational advancement and achievement. This is/was not so for many students.

As I travel around this county, I see that we have built modern schools, second to none in other counties. We have spent millions making our schools comparable to small college institutions. Have our students’ achievements escalated exponentially? No! Not according to the reports issued from the State Education Department. Buildings don’t educate students -- good, qualified and experienced teachers do!

We constantly hear from our School Board and Superintendent that we do not have funds because of the economy. They have let go excellent, experienced teachers because of the budget and hired inexperienced teaches and still intend to buy more land to build an education building. All members of the School board should visit classrooms throughout the county to see the impact of good teachers on the students. It will not be a waste of time and they will be pleasantly surprised to see how the teacher-student relationship increases the learning environment.

We have assets -- the old Camden Middle School, Pine Tree Hill and old Jackson. Do we need more? Our wisdom tells us that in a time of need improvising is a necessity.

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