The VDT can read the handwriting on the wall,
at least when it’s in the form of
resolutions from both school boards.
After dancing around the issue and muttering about “ugly turns”,
the VDT finally gets to the point in its
editorial of today:
We still believe in school unification, but we can no longer support
the current effort.
For the past several weeks, readers have asked us how unification
would work. Would it change millage rates? Would students be bussed
cross-county? Who would lose or keep their jobs? When would Valdosta
City Schools dissolve its charter and the Lowndes County School System
take over? What are the estimates on cost savings? Would it be more
efficient? What happens Nov. 9, the day after the election?
We’ve asked these questions, too. No one can answer them.
The organization that worked to place the issue on the ballot has not
offered satisfactory answers. Community Unification for Educational
Excellence has admirably spent time proposing ways to increase academic
performance if the systems are unified. But CUEE has yet to present a
recommended plan for how the merger would work.
If the referendum passes, the school boards will decide how unification
would proceed. And both school boards are opposed to unification.
It is this prevailing sense of the unknown that has spurred The Times
to oppose the Nov. 8 referendum.
There are too many unanswered questions. There are too many uncertainties
at this point. There has to be a better way to present this to the voters.
A vote for unification in this climate is a vote for chaos.
Most of those questions do have answers: