Few disagree that the Beaufort County Board of Education is dysfunctional, that our county is growing rapidly, and that we will need new schools to keep up with growth. So, how should I vote on the April referendum for school capital funding?
The argument against is that the board is so dysfunctional that we can’t trust them to spend the money wisely, that they were split 6-5 on even having the referendum, and that by withholding the funds, either their behavior will change or we will vote them out of office.
The argument for is simply that we shouldn’t penalize the kids; that we need a new school every two years to keep up with growth; that, after a couple of false starts, the $76 million referendum is properly sized; and that good things are happening in the district with kids getting educated by very dedicated teachers.
So, what’s on the ballot? The Saturday, April 21, referendum, if passed, will minimize classroom overcrowding by adding one new school and four additions to existing schools, two of which are for much-needed vocational career education.
So, should I vote “for” adding capacity because I agree that capacity is needed to keep up with growth, or “against” because I agree that we need to fix the school board?
I will vote “for” because: 1) we should not penalize the kids and 2) the proper place to start to fix the school board is in November when seven of the 11 seats are up for election.
Beaufort County Council
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