I feel compelled to respond to the misinformation from a committee working to defeat the upcoming bond referendum.
Having served as a member of the Board of Trustees for 24 years, I can personally attest that board members make their decisions based on what is best educationally for the students, parents and the taxpayers. To imply these public servants are doing anything less is unfair and unjust.
In the past four years with Clover’s size as a AAAA high school, the school has won numerous awards and honors both for academics and extra-circular activities.
However the previous plans from Superintendent Betty Riddle included the path this bond referendum would follow as an efficient way to maintain our quality schools and not overwhelm the taxpayer. The current board has studied the issues and has been developing this plan for at least five years.
At the public forum in May, the district invited more than 100 community members to participate in a planning session. Much input was provided that guided the board’s ultimate decision. Lastly, the district conducted an online survey in the fall that was advertised in the newspaper and open for anyone to participate. More than 1,800 people participated in the survey.
Three of the five seats have a geographic tie to Lake Wylie and Bethel. Sherri Ciurlik, Rob Wallace and Franklin Pendleton hold these seats. Joe Gordon represents Clover. Liz Johnson represents Bethany. The two at-large seats are held by Melanie Wilson of Lake Wylie and Mack McCarter, chairman, who lives in the Bethel area on Paul Boyd Road. If you consider Bethel and Lake Wylie together five of seven members live in that area.
Vote yes for the Clover children on the bond referendum on March 22.
Windy Bartee is a Clover resident.