Talks Of Possible School Consolidation Has County Divided

By: Jenna Emenhiser Email
By: Jenna Emenhiser Email

The Martin County School Board is looking to consolidate the Inez and Warfield Middle Schools.

Martin County school officials say with the number of kids entering middle school declining, combining Inez and Warfield Middle Schools is important both financially and and academically.

The issue of the possible consolidation has a community divided.

"Inez Middle School is a central location to the entire county, Warfield is not," Della Adams said.

Della Adams is a parent of students at Inez, who will soon enter middle school.

If the proposed plan becomes a reality, her kids will have to go to the Warfield school for 7th and 8th grade and a plan she doesn't like.

"I feel they are inconveniencing the majority of the county by the plan they have created," Della Adams said

Some say the quality of the education is the most important factor.

"When it comes down to it we are all here for the children and we need to do what's best for them, to give them the best education we can possibly give them," Brenda Collins, Inez Teacher said.

The Martin County Superintendent says the school board will be weighing the comments made and they aren't wasting any time.

If the two schools consolidate, changes will be in place for the 2007-2008 school year.

"Time is precious to everyone, why waste time on the current students if we don't do it at the end of this year, we waste another year of students," Superintendent Mark Blackburn said.

Blackburn says they will hold another public forum on February 12th at 4-30 at the Warfield Middle School, then he says comments from both communities will be considered.


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