Let them complete the mission

Published 7:36 pm Thursday, June 20, 2019

To the Editor:

Congratulations to the 49 students who recently graduated from the Beaufort County Ed Tech School. These young men and women worked extremely hard to overcome issues that would possibly prevented them from this accomplishment at another school. Not all students learn the same, and most certainly each and every student have their own unique situations that can be detrimental to learning.

Beaufort County Ed Tech has worked for years to keep students in school. The educators there care about their students and want to see them succeed. I know several people who attended Ed Tech and completed the program that would not have graduated from a traditional high school. It is a very worthwhile program and needs to continue.

For years, it’s looked like Ed Tech has been the ugly stepchild of the school system. At one time they had classes in the old annex building by the Seventh Street Recreation Center. Now they have class in buildings that used to be part of PS Jones. Recent events suggest they will move to Washington High School and use the old, rundown trailers there. Just more hand me downs, if you ask me.

Don’t move the school. Let them stay where they are and provide them with the tools they need to help the students. Boost the program up, make it a place the kids know they can learn and grow at in the future. These kids have had enough problems; do not add to them.

But if you have to move them, why move them to an already crowded school? Southside has plenty of room there that could be utilized by the program. I realize that it is not in Washington but the program is for all students in Beaufort County. Allow the school to complete its mission, which is to create an environment that supports culture change and positively impacts academic growth.


Tandy Dunn