Save Pickens County, SC Schools
Organized by: Donald Joslyn
WE THE PEOPLE OF PICKENS COUNTY NEED OUR VOICES HEARD! If you want to save our schools we must band together and fight the school board as a community. To do this, we will need to hire an attorney to represent We The People. Your donation will help us achieve this goal. Please send this link to all you may know and let them decide if they too want to be heard. Some of my ideas for grievances to be filed against the School District of Pickens County with the Pickens County Court of Common Pleas: 1. Closed A. R. Lewis and Holly Springs Elementary Schools, despite having done multi-million dollar renovations on those two schools within the last 10 years; this is mismanagement of the taxpayers' money. 2. Held a series of meetings with a stakeholders' committee (made up of two parents from each school in the Pickens area). Committee did research on alternative options to closing schools. Despite at least a couple of feasible options being identified, the information was ignored and the school board voted to close the schools anyway. 3. By displacing the rural children to the town schools, the board has voted to significantly increase length and time of commutes to and from school. Research has proven that longer bus rides are detrimental to a child's academic success. 4. Voted to consolidate schools despite evidence that this can result in lower grades, lower test scores, less participation in extracurricular activities, less parental involvement, more disciplinary problems, and higher dropout rates. 5. Having standing room only crowds at a school board meeting is not a rarity. However, on the night of the vote, the fire marshal and over a dozen sheriff's deputies showed up to keep a large number of parents, employees, community members, and students from entering the building, despite a thunderstorm going on outside. According to one longtime board member, this has never happened before. 6. Refused to move meeting to a larger facility or different time. 7. Refused to allow public input before the vote. 8. Inconsistent communication with the public. Presented 3-4 different plans (from closing Hagood to closing rural schools to reconfiguring schools, etc. Showed no clear direction and still does not appear to have a real plan as to the future of the children, employees, facilities, etc. 9. Consistently makes poor decisions with no regard as to how it affects the children, the taxpayers, and the communities. This travesty is merely the latest in a string of incompetence displayed by the school board. 10. Blatantly went against the will of the people. The job of the school board is to represent their constituency, which they failed to do with this decision.