Trying times for school leaders in Haywood

op frHaywood County Schools has been a part of my life for 24 years now — as a journalist, the husband of a teacher, and the parent of three children who were each students for 13 years in the system — and never has there been a time when I have heard more criticism about its leadership. 

I sort of get it — you close a school, that’s what happens. Understandably, people get emotional. But the larger, more important issue for parents and taxpayers, though, is whether the school system is in good hands. Is there any validity to the voices critical of Superintendent Anne Garrett and the school board’s leadership through these trying times?

Haywood’s central office move contingent on fate of old hospital

fr schoolboardDSSHaywood County School officials could be ousted from their central office by early spring 2017 to make way for an affordable housing project.

Haywood Schools dispute allegations surrounding Central Elementary

haywoodHaywood County school leaders went on record this week patently disputing the allegations in a lawsuit filed last week questioning the motives for closing Central Elementary School.

Lawsuit filed over closure of Central Elementary

fr melroseA lawsuit was filed this week against the Haywood County School Board alleges ulterior motives were at play for closing Central Elementary School and that school officials engaged in a concerted, secretive effort to keep the impending closure of the school off the public’s radar, ultimately violating state statutes.

New district lines unveiled for Central Elementary students

haywoodStudents who attend Central Elementary School in Waynesville learned this week what their new school will be come fall.

SEE ALSO: Map of new school districts

Parents feel railroaded in Central Elementary closure

fr parentsA study conducted by Haywood County Schools justifying the closure of Central Elementary School was a sham and failed to meet state requirements for a school closure, two speakers argued before the Haywood County School Board last week.

Republican legislature castigated for its role in Haywood school budget woes

fr ralyState Republican lawmakers were strongly chastised for penning Central Elementary School’s death warrant during a rally prior to the Haywood County School board meeting last week.

Budget cuts to shutter Central Elementary School: Haywood School board says it was the only option

fr centralParents, students and teachers of Central Elementary School in Waynesville made a desperate and impassioned final stand to save their beloved school last week, but to no avail.

No lifeline for Haywood School budget shortfall

haywoodHaywood County commissioners deflected calls from the public this week that they should step in and help the school system out of its budget dilemma.

If Central Elementary closes, a private school might want it

fr centralHaywood School leaders have avoided talking about what would become of the 1950s-era school building that houses Central Elementary if it closes, saying it would be premature until a final decision is made.

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