To the editor:
The time for the end of the school floor has come and gone. As a former member of both boards, I can understand the difficulties for both. Everyone needs to look back through the last three decades and realize that many things happened which were not anticipated by the creators and supporters of the law. I am confident most of them would have asked for a change in the law several years ago. At the time of the passing of the law, great teaching was going on in both city and county schools. However, in the county schools, a teacher might have to stop teaching long enough to find a bucket to catch the rainwater. The county commissioners were ridiculously tight with capital expenses. The leadership for county wide consolidation wanted to prevent this from happening — hence the school floor law.
Today is an entirely different world, and the need for the law is not evident. In fact, it creates havoc for the commissioners and their budget. When you already have the highest tax rate in the state and you have to vote for an even higher rate it’s difficult.
Just a short six years or so ago, the two boards voted to change the law to enable the boards to avoid an incease if the school board agreed (obviously commissioners would). Only one vote was recorded against that change — mine. I felt that it was time to turn to the voters to decide if it was time to eliminate the law. This law has caused too much strife in this county (along with the highest tax rate in the state.) We need for all residents of this county to be supporters of the schools, teachers and children. That law stands in the way!
An immediate solution? The new superintendent and the school board could become instant heroes in Scotland County by turning the money back to the county. Then we can deal with the law in due time. Show us your courage!