The Guilford County Board of Education voted to give itself a raise last night. Whether the raise becomes effective will be left to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners.
The idea of giving a raise to the BOE members is comical. The BOE has been a joke in recent months, and some would say years. The travesty that they have made of the High Point high schools is reason number one for denying the raise.
In Newsweek's most recent issue, one high school in the county, Grimsley in Greensboro, was listed as one of the top 100 high schools in America. Part of the basis for that judgment was the number of AP and IB tests taken at the school. High Point Central is the only other school in the county offering the IB program, yet it fails to make the list. What could be reasons for this? The BOE's lack of concern for the students in High Point.
The Guilford County BOE has shown a lack of concern for or assistance to High Point students ever since the school systems merged. Most folks in High Point, whether they be students, parents, or alumni of High Point Central, T. Wingate Andrews, or Southwest Guilford, are unhappy with the new program the BOE created for determining the makeup of the student bodies of the three high schools serving the city's residents. If the BOE is serving the interests of all Guilford County students, then they should have made that program systemwide. But they didn't do so because Greensboro parents would have raised holy hell (deservedly so).
The people in High Point who are opposed to the way the school system is working should be loudly opposed to this new proposal for a pay raise benefitting BOE members. That is one small way to try to get a voice where High Point really has none.