Work together NK-A, Burrell
As a Valley High School student, I supported the 2014 New Kensington-Arnold School Board decision to merge and close some of the district's schools under the belief that no teachers would be lose their jobs. But the the board has sent furlough notices to teachers the last two years, with 21 receiving them for 2016-17.
The students are being shown they are unworthy of an intellectually stimulating education. The district has low test/performance scores. Is the solution fewer educators?
I believe the only viable solution to the NKASD's problems is some form of amalgamation with the Burrell School District. Amalgamating early educational facilities beginning with Pre-K would form better relationships between children and heighten educational experiences. It would construct an integrated environment that focuses on equal parts standard and support, while lowering the financial strain on parents in both districts.
According to the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, Arnold has a heartbreakingly high child-poverty rate. Yet, every child has the potential for success.
By observing my senior class, I have learned that a competitive environment increases motivation. My class has earned the highest collective scholarship amount in recent Valley High history ($5.8 million). One student will be attending Yale University. The merger would encourage more of this.
I realize this idea may never come to fruition. It is unfortunate the educational system is treated like a business rather than a means to create a brighter future for every child.