Arbitrary school ‘red line’ not right
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