• 45°

Editorial: Double down on efforts to be informed

In recent days, the potential closure of Faith Elementary has prompted an outcry from passionate parents and community members. But parents and students in Enochville must not ignore the potential closing of their school, too.

The plan proposed last week by school board Chairman Josh Wagner would shutter Enochville at the end of the 2019-20 school year. That’s about all we know so far.

Many details about how Enochville’s closure will occur are unclear. For example, where will the more than 300 students who attend Enochville Elementary be transferred? Similar to Faith, will Rowan-Salisbury Schools choose one facility to which Enochville students will be reassigned? Or, will Enochville area students be distributed among nearby elementary schools?

What about the teachers? Where will they be transferred?

Also, when exactly will the closure occur? Sure, Wagner proposed the end of the 2019-20 school year, but he’s just one board member and the closure of Enochville seems to be a moving target. Just a few months ago, Enochville was placed in Tier 2 of a proposal to close and consolidate schools, giving it between five and 20 years before its doors were locked for good. Now, it’s one year. And it’s not out of the realm of possibility for Faith and Enochville to close at the same time. Faith drew the lion’s share of the attention, but the school board voted last week to gather data relating to both Enochville’s and Faith’s closure.

We expect many of those questions will be answered Monday, when RSS staff will present data they’ve gathered about the proposed closures. That, alone, should be reason enough for parents, students and family members of those in the Faith and Enochville schools to double down on efforts to be informed — at a minimum, attending Monday’s meeting. Parents with children enrolled at Koontz Elementary should watch the school board’s discussion closely, too, as an estimated 244 students will move elsewhere as part of Wagner’s plan.

Alternatively, for those who cannot spare a weekday evening to attend a school board meeting, view the agenda documents, which can be found under the “about” and “school board” links on the RSS website — rssed.org

There’s never a bad time to make being informed a priority, but we think it’s especially important in this time of transition for the school system.

Comments

Local

City officials differ on how, what information should be released regarding viral K-9 officer video

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls are 3A champions

Lifestyle

High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later

Local

With jury trials set to resume, impact of COVID-19 on process looms

Legion baseball

Book explores life of Pfeiffer baseball coach Joe Ferebee

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education to receive update on competency-based education

Business

Biz Roundup: Kannapolis expects to see economic, housing growth continue in 2021

Business

A fixture of downtown Salisbury’s shopping scene, Caniche celebrates 15th anniversary this month

Local

Slate of new officers during local GOP convention; Rev. Jenkins becomes new chair

Landis

Landis officials narrow search for new manager to five candidates; expect decision within a month

Lifestyle

Together at last: High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools sorts out transportation logistics in preparation for full-time return to classes

High School

Photo gallery: Carson goes undefeated, wins 3A state championship

Nation/World

Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge

Nation/World

Biden, Democrats prevail as Senate OKs $1.9 trillion virus relief bill

Nation/World

Senate Democrats strike deal on jobless aid, move relief bill closer to approval

News

Duke Life Flight pilot may have shut down wrong engine in fatal crash

News

Two NC counties get to participate in satellite internet pilot for students

Local

PETA protesters gather in front of police department

Coronavirus

UPDATED: Eight new COVID-19 deaths, 203 positives reported in county this week

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Two charged after suitcase of marijuana found in Jeep

Crime

Thomasville officer hospitalized after chase that started in Rowan County

Local

Board of elections discusses upgrading voting machines, making precinct changes

News

Lawmakers finalize how state will spend COVID-19 funds