Thursday, September 30, 2010

Never a Dull Moment

Earlier in the week I actually had time to finish my 2009 Christmas scrapbook pages, something that's been on the "to do list" for, well, 9 months. That fact should have been a clue that something was coming. And of course it did, when I woke from a nap (I had time for one of those too) my friend called to deliver the disturbing news.

Our school district announced in a meeting this week that they may be closing schools throughout the county. This means displacing students, moving programs and basically a big headache for families and students, not to mention the staff who work at these schools.

For us, Logan attends a public Montessori school within walking distance of our home. This is one of the schools slated to close. They plan to move this program to the school Ben attends, about 20 minutes from our home. And what does that do to Ben? Not sure, but probably displaced to another school in the county.

So our neighborhood is on fire, getting a plan together to fight these proposals. Attending meetings, writing letters and speaking out will be on my "to do list" for the next few weeks. Although I am upset about our school in the neighborhood closing, I am also concerned for Ben's situation. He is in a wonderful school with a superb teacher. Replicating that will be difficult.

So no more naps or scrapbooking. I am on a mission, luckily with the support of many friends and neighbors. Here are some sites to check out to find out more information:

Save Mecklenburg Schools 
Join this group on Facebook to voice your opinions and stay up-to-date with information

Charlotte Observer Blog
Ann Doss Helms covers the education beat for the local newspaper.
Board of Education
Find out about meetings, agenda items and topics for discussion.

Charlotte Mecklenburg School System
Get a general overview of the school system.

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