As a parent who attended the meeting and participated in the work group that 'nominated' the issue of a separate Mt P school district, I find it sad that this article focused on that. It is obviously a hot button issue, so I can see why the reporter chose to headline it. In the 90 minutes we had to go through the work group agenda, less than 30 seconds were spent on a separate Mt P school district and it was only included in the "top three" of one category of input because of the lack of time for discussion on what to report out and a small, vocal group. Mike Campbell did a great job of facilitating, but this particular issue was not expressly voted on by the group. There were a lot of other excellent ideas brought forward in the very limited time available and I'm glad to see that some of them were at least mentioned in the article.
I urge more parents to get involved in this process and not just follow it in the press. The education of our children is the key not only to the future of the Charleston community at large, but to this country as well.
As one of the participants in the work group that raised the issue of a Mt P school distict, I find it disappointing that this article latched onto that as a key issue. It was barely discussed (not enough time) and, although the facilitators did a great job, it wasn't actually voted on. A small, vocal minority tossed it out there and in the crunch of time to report out the work group results, it was included in the "top three." I did not consider it a viable option for most of the reasons stated in the article. In the 90+ minutes for the meeting, the discussion on a separate Mt P school district took less than 30 seconds. Obviously it's a hot button issue so I can see why the reporter sensationalized it, but it's sad to see the article focus on that instead of some of the other great ideas brought out.
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