Public Forum Is Held Concerning School Consolidation

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

The debate continues in Martin County over whether or not to combine two middle schools.

School leaders and concerned parents from both the Warfield and Inez Middle Schools met to discuss the possibility of combining the two schools.

Martin County Superintendent Mark Blackburn says the county proposed combining the schools because of declining enrollment.

He says the move would benefit the county financially, academically and athletically.

Some educators agree, but many parents are upset.

"I really feel that this is a good thing for the county. Eventually the kids all go to Sheldon Clark where they are as one," Denise Stepp said.

"I think a lot of teachers will end up losing their jobs, cooks will end up losing their jobs...janitors and that's what they need to think about," Melissa Endicott said.

Endicott says parents are most concerned about the amount of time kids will spend on the bus to and from school.

She says many children already have an hour bus ride to Inez Middle and travelling to Warfield Middle would add at least another ten minutes.

The superintendent says if the two schools merge, nearly four-hundred inez students would attend the Warfield school.

He says the next step in this process is to send a proposal to the board of education and then the county board would have to vote to approve the consolidation.


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