Ar­bi­trary school ‘red line’ not right

The Beaufort Gazette (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Prior to 1964, the Beau­fort County School Board had an ar­bi­trary rule that black high school stu­dents went to Roberts Smalls High.

From 1964 to 1972, the board had an ar­bi­trary rule that black high school stu­dents could ap­ply and go to Beau­fort High but white high school stu­dents could not go to Robert Smalls High.

In 2018, the school board has an ar­bi­trary rule that stu­dents liv­ing north of the Broad River at­tend high schools north of the river and stu­dents liv­ing south of the Broad River at­tend high schools south of the river.

The board is now re­align­ing zon­ing for schools south of the river. Even though there is avail­able ca­pac­ity at Bat­tery Creek High, that ca­pac­ity is not be­ing uti­lized be­cause of the board’s ar­bi­trary rule.

In­stead of trans­port­ing stu­dents 13 miles to Bat­tery Creek High on the “other” side of the river, the board trans­ports stu­dents 18 miles to May River High.

An ar­bi­trary “red line” is not right. We should be fully uti­liz­ing all of our schools be­fore build­ing ad­di­tional ones on the “right” side of the river.

All of our schools should pro­vide good ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to all our stu­dents and be funded ap­pro­pri­ately, re­gard­less of which side of the river they are lo­cated.

If that is not the case, then spend the money bring­ing all schools to a higher level and fully uti­lize all avail­able school ca­pac­ity be­fore build­ing new schools south of the Broad River. – Cassandra Davis Bluffton

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.