Dear Jackson County School Board (JCSB) Members,
As a resident of Jackson County, I have signed the petition calling for the JCSB to halt its plans to close Sneads Elementary School (SES) and build a K-8 school at Grand Ridge Middle School (GRMS).
I am deeply concerned and question the logic and motivations behind this decision:
- What is the logic behind disbanding an “A” school that has consistently provided a great education and environment for the students?
- Why is it a good plan to utilize some of the existing structures of GRMS, but not a good plan to do the same with the SES?
- Why are the SES buildings not adequate for an elementary school, but are for a Pre-K that the JCSB says will be housed there?
- Why was Sneads not properly informed of the plans to build at the GRMS site?
Increased transparency is critical, and I hope JCSB will consider working with both communities – Sneads and Grand Ridge – to create an outcome that will benefit both towns.
The citizens of Sneads want a win-win outcome instead of a win-lose outcome. If building a K-8 school is not the best option for both towns, we should work toward improving SES and GRMS where they currently stand.
Thank you for your time, service, and consideration.