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Former superintendent supports Phase 2 referenda

Posted: October 16, 2014 5:08 p.m.
Updated: October 17, 2014 1:00 a.m.

 

One of the best things about being an educator is the opportunity to share in the success of students’ educational careers. Watching students learn to read, speak a foreign language or pass an AP exam are highlights that I’ve shared with numerous young people over the years, but none of them comes close to what I consider one the best highpoints I ever experienced: the excitement that I saw on the faces of the students from North Central High School years ago when I informed them about the improvements being made to their school as part of Phase 1 of the Kershaw County School District’s (KCSD) facilities equalization plan. To watch their initial disbelief turn into excitement and then bolster their self-confidence and school pride was inspiring and definitely reinforced how important it was then to provide all of our students with up-to-date, safe spaces to learn and grow so they were not put at a disadvantage strictly based on where they live.

The same need exists today with the rest of KCSD’s facilities that were not impacted in Phase 1, although it is perhaps more critical now as the district can no longer easily find replacement parts for many of its antiquated HVAC systems, pays rising utility costs for non-energy efficient buildings, and has to take extra measures to ensure student safety with leaking roofs and pipes and collapsing septic tanks. All of these challenges don’t even include the need to educate students for tomorrow’s careers in facilities that were constructed well before the thought of technology ever existed. On top of these challenges, I also see tremendous potential for economic development with the relocation at ATEC to the Central Carolina (Technical College) campus.

I am proud of the academic progress that KCSD continues to make, but I am concerned for how that can carry on unless these major facility needs are addressed. I rest assured that the citizens of Kershaw County will do the right thing and vote “yes” twice on November 4 to support the district’s request for a local sales tax and bond approval for these important construction projects.

 

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