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Letter: Keep ‘old’ schools open

As our teachers from North Carolina marched for better pay, I was reminded that Enochville and Landis Elementary schools are still open, for now.

I, for one, appreciate the fact that Enochville Elementary School is a landmark for Rowan County. I personally have a dog in this fight because I went to Enochville school during the 1960s. My schoolteacher was Mrs. Karriker. And it seems like I remember someone saying that she had been there “since Noah built the Ark.”

I feel sure that Board of Education Chairman Josh Wagner wasn’t exactly thrilled about these Rowan County schools staying open. He feels or felt very strongly about closing Enochville school along with some others.

The time is coming when the empty student seats Wagner was concerned about will be filled.

Considering that particular area of Rowan County, one would think he and the Board of Education would realize future growth is coming.

On second thought, maybe they don’t realize it. They really don’t recognize the land south of Landis unless they want votes. I believe the appropriate term would be “taxation without representation.”

I have a few questions that I would love to have some clarification on. Can someone please tell me how Josh Wagner became the Board of Education chairman? I realize he had to be approved by the Board. Was he elected for this position? Exactly what qualifications does Josh Wagner have?

Come to think of it, other than being a citizen, what accreditations does it take to be a Board of Education member? Do they need to have any particular requirements or credentials? Have they ever been to a meeting?

No matter where in Rowan County, all of us are all passionate about keeping our “old” elementary schools open. It would be regretful if these schools were closed.

I say let’s continue modifying and upgrading existing schools and keep them open.

— Gwen Johnson

China Grove

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