Last summer, I learned of the problems facing the beleaguered Jasper County School District, especially its failing test scores and the resulting citizen outrage. I reviewed the scores, and they were certainly alarming. Of particular interest to me was the data point that indicated that only 47.8 percent of the county's high school students taking the state assessment test were able to demonstrate competency in mathematics.
Doing some research, I happened upon a letter, which discussed volunteering in the Jasper County school system. The letter stated: "We strongly encourage those within the community who feel strongly about education to please join us in making a difference for our children."
In early September, I submitted a volunteer application, hoping to help by serving as a math tutor. After three months and several inquiries, there has been absolutely no response regarding the status of that application. I am at a loss to explain why there is no reaction to an offer to help in what is certainly an area of critical need.
My next question is this: How can we protect the children of Jasper County from the administration charged with providing their education?
Sun City Hilton Head