March 25, 2014
I am writing this letter as a concerned citizen, homeowner, and taxpayer in Pickens County. Education has been my passion, and working with students, teachers, parents, and community leaders enabled me to expand my life-long learning opportunities. I dedicated 34 years of my life to educating young men and women.
My husband and I moved to the city of Easley in February of last year. As a homeowner and taxpayer I am concerned about the property values in my community. One of the major draws for any prospective homeowner is the quality of the public schools. All of us should be in favor of doing whatever it takes to make sure that all of our schools are of the highest quality. In order to get businesses and individuals to want to move to Pickens County, we must offer a well-educated and skilled workforce. To meet these needs, we must also have a school system and a Board of Trustees that is supportive of striving for excellence.
I moved here from Georgia and I remember well the impact that losing accreditation had on the people of Clayton County. The community was turned upside down. The loss of accreditation sent property values plummeting and caused families to scramble to enroll their children in other school systems, with over 2,000 students leaving the district in the first month. Businesses closed. Families felt. It took over five years for that district to recover. We do not want to go down that road.
When the members of the Board of Trustees ran for office in this county, I hope they had the children in our schools as their highest priority. If that was not and is not their top priority, then maybe they should consider stepping down and letting someone who wants only the best for our schools to take their place. I appeal to the Board members’ better nature to “do the right thing” for the children, parents, teachers and tax payers of Pickens County. We should be the county where children come first as they are our future.