From the Center 6-22-16

Published 10:50 am Friday, August 26, 2016

I am not a fan of change. I didn’t graduate from one of our county schools, but still. The Prentiss Bulldogs are supposed to be the Prentiss Bulldogs, forever. Same for the Bassfield Yellowjackets.

All I could think about was, what about the composites and the uniforms and the trophies? When classes have reunions, their school will no longer be in existence.

I always get sad when a private school closes. Most of them were founded in the early 70s and many hold memories for several of us.

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I felt that same sadness when I learned of our realignment.

It’s a change. A big one.

I must say, I was skeptical while on my way to the meeting with the Superintendent.

For all of you that are skeptical as well, let me say this. I don’t think we want the state to come into our county and tell us what to do with our children, and I definitely don’t think our children should be educated in another county. If we have any control whatsoever, we need to keep it.

I, like the mayor, was appreciative of the community leaders being allowed to get a first hand explanation of the plan. They covered all bases, and I don’t feel as though they are hiding anything.

They could be bullies. They could just TELL us what is going to happen. That is their choice. This community elected our school officials and in doing so gave them the authority to make decisions without us being in agreement.

They have not chosen that route.Their doors are open and they are ready for questions and suggestions.

If you are concerned, go to the Superintendent. He is more than willing to listen.

This is going to happen. I think we need to adjust to it the best way we can.