Students IDs should also be library card

It’s a good thing that the Scotland County Board of Education is weighing the advantages of a proposal that would allow students to use their IDs as library cards at Scotland County Memorial Library. But when all is said and done, we feel sure the only logical outcome would be an approval of that proposal.

At the top of the advantage list, if the idea is OK’d, is the fact that the world would be further opened up to students who choose to take advantage.

A library card in Scotland County provides far more than the ability to check out books and movies locally. The card-holder also can have books and movies from any state library brought right to their hometown library within a few days — including those from the state library in Raleigh.

But probably more important is the fact that a library card offers students more resources through statewide links than they would have without a library card.

Sure, each school in Scotland County has its own media center where there are resources available to its students. But compared to what the Scotland County Memorial Library can offer, those school resources pale.

So when the Board of Education takes up the topic at its next meeting, we hope to see that Scotland County gets to join the 16 other counties in North Carolina that have already approved a similar proposal.

The students will thank board members.

Johnson leaving us

Another decision by the Board of Education — one that will probably take a little longer — will be to find a new assistant superintendent of auxiliary services, after the resignation of Larry Johnson last week.

Johnson, who has been an educator since 1994, has accepted a similar position with Darlington County (S.C.) Board of Education.

During his tenure with Scotland County Schools, Johnson has served its students well and he will be missed here, but we certainly can understand his decision to move on. His new position will put him much closer to home, which will be a benefit to his family and his commute time.

Thankfully, Johnson will continue for the next few weeks to oversee the additions being made to both Sycamore Lane and Laurel Hill elementary schools here in Scotland County before assuming his duties south of the border when classes resume next month.

We want to thank Johnson for his service here in Scotland County and wish him well when he makes the move to Darlington County. Our loss is certainly their gain.

Nice weekend crowds

A huge kudos to all of those who came out on Saturday and Sunday for the Dixi9e Softball State Championship games in Laurinburg.

By all reports, the crowds were tremendous, despite the heat and humidity — and we are sure the players all appreciated having the local and visiting fans there showing their support.

There are still two days left in the tournament, and we hope the weekday crowds will also show some big numbers.