Please contact your School Board member and ESPECIALLY your district’s Board Supervisor!!! Phone and email are both acceptable. (Even text works!) As county residents we deserve the opportunity to have a say on this issue!!
You may have heard that a referendum may go on the November ballot intended among other county needs to help improve existing schools and add elementary and high school capacity to address overcrowding at Albemarle High School and several urban ring elementary schools. I believe that our county is currently neglecting its responsibility related to devoting funds to area schools. This issue is not just for currently enrolled kids but our entire community who relies upon schools for jobs and as a draw for commercial businesses, government and University jobs. In the long run it is also necessary to be sure that our next generation is given the best opportunity to be intelligent and responsible stewards of our community, our infrastructure, our environment and aging populations.
We already have a crisis with close to 200 kids over at AHS and the same at urban ring elementary schools. Without new school capacity planned literally within the next 3 weeks we will not have the space for our own existing population or the natural growth rate of anticipated kids coming in the next 5 years—not to mention the new neighborhoods being built.
Our natural growth rate is 10% which means in 5 years given our current situation, we will be over by as many as 300 kids at AHS and nearly 150 over at Woodbrook, Greer and Agnor-Hurt WITHOUT accounting for new development to include the 850 new family units being built at Brookhill.
Our community needs to be aware of the circumstances we are facing. We need help to get the word out and tell our officials that we desperately need additional capacity to ease current and future overcrowding and we need improvements to existing schools to be sure our kids are getting the education we expect to create the next generation of smart, responsible citizens.
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