BY GENA HUFF, Editor
The Pickens County Board of Education, at their meeting May 21, made the call on the fates of both Aliceville and Reform school systems. At the recommendation of Superintendent of Education Jamie Chapman, the board voted to move fifth and sixth graders from Reform Elementary School to Pickens County High School. The board also voted to split Aliceville Middle School, sending fifth and sixth graders to Aliceville Elementary and seventh and eighth graders to Aliceville High School, essentially shutting the Aliceville Middle School down.
Now for the details.
The first thing to understand is this is all about the numbers, whether those numbers come behind a dollar sign or an enrollment record. For enrollment, the magic number is 250. Without that 250 enrollment, the state will not fund a support staff for the school. That means no full-time assistant principal, no full-time counselor, no full-time librarian/media specialist. Imagine now, 249 high-school students without that support staff. That can’t happen. Those eyes, ears, hands, and feet are necessary to the running of a high school that size. And, if the school does not earn the funding by the state, it is on the Pickens County Board of Education to come up with the money instead.
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