Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

October 11, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — Consolidation has failed in Greenup

Many older folks in Greenup County are concerned about the quality of education our students are receiving at our high school. Some, including me, believe the consolidation of high schools in a mostly rural county could not serve the needs of many of our students. That may be because some of us older folks came from one-room grade schools and later attended one of three high schools in the county — Wurtland, Greenup and McKell.

  Today, I had a long discussion about this issue with Dr. Ed Lowdenback, a former principal in Greenup County, who went on to head up school systems across Kentucky. His father, Cliff Lowdenback, was the superintendent of Greenup County schools when we were forced into consolidation.

I had many discussions in my home with Cliff and his associate, Leo Floyd, about the pros and cons of consolidation. All three of us agreed at the time it was not in the best interest of rural students, and moving the new high school as far away from the others as possible would also help destroy the educational spirit and hands-on support of the three communities where the old schools were revered.

Dr. Lowdenback, who can speak with authority about the pros and cons of consolation of schools in rural counties, agrees with the concerns of myself and some older students or graduates of the three high schools, that Greenup County should strongly consider the construction of at least two new high schools in the county, one near South Shore and one near the combined communities of Greenup and Wurtland. 

Consolidations of schools were an experiment that was forced on many counties in Kentucky. It may have worked elsewhere, but I’m convinced it’s not the right fit for Greenup County.

 Soc Clay,  South Shore

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