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Thankful for local school boards and administrators

Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 10:09 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

It’s hard to believe but next year is my 20th school reunion for the Class of 1996.
What is strange for me is that my classmates and I might be part of one of the first classes from our school to have a reunion after our school has closed its doors.
North Carroll High School is located in Hampstead, Maryland, which is a suburb not too far from Baltimore and has a population of 6,323.
I graduated with about 300 total classmates.
It’s hard for me to imagine that our large school, which is part of one of the largest towns in our county, may soon be closing.
This move is a result of a Carroll County Public School system not being wise with its dollars over the last 20 years and making major decisions with very little opposition.
In fact, they have built three new high schools in 20 years, the latest costing millions to construct in Manchester, Maryland, which is a small incorporated town with about 4,800 people. On November 11, the CCPS is meeting to discuss the potential of closing up to six total schools in the county.
With such a major decision on  the horizon, the board made things tough on the citizens to express their support.
They’re holding a meeting at one of the newer high schools at 4 p.m. and are not letting folks into the parking lot until 3 p.m.
They are not opening the doors until 3:30 p.m. and this situation will be chaotic with six communities of supporters flooding the parking lot to express support for their school.
Of course, more people would attend if the meeting wasn’t scheduled at 4 p.m. as most folks are still at work. They hold meetings the same time every month, which is likely why they had little opposition to building the other schools. I share this with you because in my frustration with what is going on with this Maryland school board, it reminded me of just how good we have it with the board members and administrators serving both the Van-Far and Community R-VI School Districts. Both boards meet at times when patrons are off work.
Both boards would also be willing to move times or meeting dates when discussing controversial situations if it was something needing to be done.
While you may not personally agree with everything your board members and administrators say and do, be sure to thank these folks for their service. I know I wish some of them were serving my district back home.
Perhaps that district would never have been in the shape it’s in with folks from our area running it.