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New schools superintendent tells civic group he's open to conversation

July 24, 2011

During his first school board meeting earlier this month, new Washington County Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox told members of a local civic group that he wants to talk to them, to “give you the time that you deserve,” once he gets caught up on the issues.

West End Neighborhoods 1st group residents Billy Williams and Marshall Lowman attended the July 12 board meeting to reiterate concerns they shared with the board in March.

The pair said they have a petition, which had not been submitted yet, regarding concerns about redistricting students from West End elementary schools to Eastern Elementary and Ruth Ann Monroe Primary on the other side of town.

By adding the bus-ride time to dinner and homework time, that doesn’t leave family or play time before bedtime, Williams said at the meeting.

“Our kids are going to be pretty upset with not being able to be a kid,” Williams said.

The move also creates a transportation issue for families with no vehicle or one vehicle, if the child needs to be picked up during the school day, Williams said.

Williams said many families are considering home schooling their children or sending them to private school because they don’t want to send them across town.

Williams estimated he spoke for about 3,000 parents in the West End.

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— Julie E. Greene

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