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Sound the alarm for Granville County schools

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To the Editor,

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” however, if it is broken then it really needs fixing might be the best way to describe our schools’ performance.

The latest report card from Raleigh reveals dismal performance grades for nearly all our schools, and that should be very concerning to area parents and residents. After all, the youth of today will soon become the leaders of tomorrow, however, if they are not well-equipped with good knowledge, their future will be grim and predictable.

Of course, it is not any fault of the children — they show up eager to learn, however, those in charge, have not done a great job of demonstrating to those youth how special they are. Rather, allowing some schools to be overcome by mold, and closing others, plus allowing them to consume manganese-filled water from South Granville Water and Sewer Authority for years tells students, “we don’t expect much from you” so we aren’t taking good care of the venue you have to educate yourselves in.

There is likely no single answer or solution, however, it’s safe to say whatever is being done currently is not working. Grades of Cs and Ds and Fs demonstrate a lack of effectiveness and begs for intervention. Although not a parent, I have a special place in my heart for young people. They usually represent the best of mankind and I have devoted much of my adult life in attempting to bring more joy and enhancement to their young lives. This is what led me to become a volunteer-certified coach for the nationally acclaimed youth program, “The First Tee.”

I met with Granville school officials in an attempt to implement the program in Granville County and so far there has been no interest in engaging. It fell on deaf ears due to reasons unknown. Maybe they felt they had a grip on the matter, and were in no need of an outside-the-box opportunity. The recent performance grades, however, paint a different picture, one that is not attractive for the area, and less attractive for our youth and parents.

John Mayo