August 2, 2019
SEPARATION OF HIGH POINT CITY SCHOOLS
I do not support separating High Point City Schools from the Guilford County School System. I also question the timing of our current Mayor Jay Wagner calling for a committee to study whether schools in High Point have benefited from a merger that took place in 1993. We have students in High Point who also attend school in Davidson, Forsyth, and Randolph. Yet, Jay Wagner is not questioning those districts and has said they will not be affected. This desire to look at “other options” comes on the heels of the High Point Community rallying to support the principal at High Point Central High School after a small group of parents unsuccessfully sought to remove her.
I believe the Guilford County School System is one of the finest in our State of North Carolina. Our teachers and school staff deserve a pay increase, not money spent on a study to serve the interest of a few. I plan to be at the table with our current City, County, and School leaders to see how we can continue moving in a positive direction. We need joint collaboration to discuss ways we can make up for any financial deficits our schools are currently facing, especially in the wake of a $6 million dollar shortfall from this year’s school budget request.
We must also focus on solving critical problems facing residents in High Point with crime and violence, poverty rates, opioid/drug addictions, economically oppressed neighborhoods, gentrification concerns, transportation improvement needs, etc. Separating from the Guilford County School System that serves roughly 75% of our population here in High Point will become a heavy tax burden to residents. It will also create problems for schools that are already underfunded and disadvantaged.
I am running for Mayor of High Point to unite our city divided by economic inequalities instead of distracting you with the divide, this separating of our schools will heighten, between High Point and Greensboro