Letter to the editor: Educational Opportunity
January 04, 2014 11:00 PM | 1709 views | 2 2 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I was fortunate enough to attend another great event that featured school choice in Cherokee County this week. The event was at Woodstock High School, which houses Polaris.

For those not aware, Polaris is an evening school program that is operated by CCSD and gives students an alternative to traditional day school. The stories that the young adults who have attended or are attending Polaris shared were very touching.

I want to highlight five things that they, the students, had to say, because almost all of them touched on them:

• I was taught to believe in myself and to dream.

• The teachers truly care about you — Polaris is not just a school, it’s a home. We are family.

• I’m not just another face in the crowd, I get the one on one time that I need and could not get in a traditional school.

• Ms. Green is an amazing teacher and she has touched the lives of so many. They all praised her for kicking their butts when they needed it and giving out equal doses of love and understanding.

• It allows them to be able to care for their families (whether having to work or raise their children) and still get the education that they deserve.

After the program, I was able to sit down and have an informative discussion about the graduation rate, funding and how Polaris fits into that equation.

I learned quite a bit. When a student turns 21, they are basically thrown out of the system and FTE funding by the government. CCSD cares so much about these students, that they continue to educate them and do everything they can to see these kids graduate beyond that time limit. That says a lot to me.

I would especially like to thank the legislators and school board members who attended this or other CCSD functions that evening.

I was once again not surprised that my own Post 1 board member, Kelly Marlow, was nowhere to be seen. Ms. Marlow has stated that she is for the kids and has concerns about the graduation rate in Cherokee County on numerous occasions.

I believe for someone so concerned about our kids, she missed an amazing opportunity to learn something. I hope she will attend functions in the future that are about the kids and not just the budget and the audit, but actual events where kids are in attendance.

Kelly Poole


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Kara Martin
January 05, 2014
i started off reading this letter with a smile, happy to see that an article about education was taking such a positive route. That the kids were the focus and their education. I think that offering the opportunity for young adults to earn their diploma outside of traditional schooling is absolutely something to applaud. We are helping these young people to know that they are not disposable, that they have a chance at a successful future and that they are not alone. It gives hope and it also teaches them that whatever personal struggles they are dealing with, if they truly want something, they can attain it. I am disappointed however with the direction this letter took 3/4's of the way down. It went from positively acknowledging the achievements of these kids and what this school has done, is doing and how it is impacting them, to yet another personal attack on an individual. Why? This function was not about who could or could not attend, it was about these kids. This event is during the holiday season, specifically holiday break. Where many are out of town, have family in town and have many commitments. Was the post 1 board member the only board member not in attendance? Was every Cherokee county board member, admin and staff present? If not, I would hope that they to would also be attacked in this letter. Perhaps we should keep the focus on the event and children and not make every school function a forum to politically bash people we dislike. especially when it is not a political event or situation to begin with.
Sour grapes
January 06, 2014
Kelly Poole was on Kyla Cromer's losing campaign and is still a Bitter Betty about losing to Marlow. She's obsessed and has no life.

Of course every other Board member, admin, and staff weren't present, but that matters not to Bitter Betty, the loser.
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