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County education leaders off course

Posted: December 27, 2010 2:46 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2010 5:00 a.m.

If our school board and the superintendent of education spent as much time on education as they do on acquiring property, maybe we would be able to do a more credible job of education.

I moved to Camden in 1927 in the fourth grade. Spending has escalated greatly, but education has deteriorated. Money spent on education has escalated, and quality of education has declined. Instead of spending money to acquire property it might be well for the superintendent and the board to look for ways of doing a better job of education.

More spending has not achieved desired results. We now have plenty of land to build administrative offices. I feel cutbacks in staff and space would be better than more land acquisition.

No mention is made of the cost of adaptation of the new building to new offices. The location is far inferior to the Camden Middle School property. If as much time and effort were spent on innovative and quality education as on property acquisition, we would be far better served.

To the superintendent and the board, I say, look to innovation and quality education -- not buying property. Your job and your challenges are to set the space for improved minds, and to educate and to teach.

My observation is we have increased spending and failed in quality education from that period in 1927 when I started school in the Camden public schools.

If the present superintendent of education and school board can’t see and major on these points, maybe we ought to copy the political solution.

Get rid of them and start over. We could only do better.

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