Lately, there has been much discussion about the new Newton County theme schools. Unfortunately, most of it has been negative. However, the bad news has been about administration and parental issues rather than academics.
In a letter to the editor in Friday's paper, K. Miller made some very interesting points on the escalating costs of students' extracurricular activities, both in our schools and in other community programs.
If you missed the letter, we suggest that you read it on CovNews.com.
We greatly anticipated the opening of two new Newton County Parental Involvement Theme Schools. This type of teaching atmosphere is, in our opinion, ideal for students striving toward higher education. We applauded required uniforms (that are simple enough for students to wear outside of school). Uniforms put all students on a level playing field so that materialistic teasing is squelched, and uniforms take unnecessary distractions out of the classroom.
Our favorite tenet of the new schools was that parents had to sign a letter of commitment for volunteer service for the school as well as a promise to abide other ...
When we heard that public safety departments in Newton County would be able to intercommunicate digitally with a brand new, state-of-the-art radio system, we were thrilled. The addition of top-notch technology to our top-notch law enforcement, fire and emergency services would add another perk to living in the area.
Little did we know, our paper would be denied access to the time-honored tradition of having a working newsroom scanner to alert us to local emergency situations. But, that wasn't the worst surprise we got.
You can have the best law enforcement in the world, and ours is in that category, but they can only do so much in seeing that our community is safe.
The West Street area of the city has been deteriorating aesthetically and presenting problems for law enforcement for years. Last year a man shot four others, killing one, over a dice game at a home on West Street.
This time of year is an exciting one for all of us. As days become shorter and shorter the promise of cooler weather makes the hottest of days more bearable, as does the promise of the nearing 2009 football season.