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Proposed School Consolidation

Proposals to consolidate schools evoke strong reactions. They can be disruptive and unsettling to students, parents, community members and school staff. They can also generate an inspiring amount of community creativity. And that has happened in the last several months.

We've heard from representatives from schools in every community. We've heard about the hopes and disappointments of parents, students, families, community members and staff. You've brought forward ideas for improving our schools and concerns about inadequate school programs and facilities. But most of all, you came forward with your desire to work together to make our school system as strong as possible, and for that, we thank you.

We are reviewing all the feedback that we've heard very seriously. We've captured hundreds of remarks through public and social media . We've heard from hundreds more through our website, office hours, and individual meetings. We've reviewed dozens of proposals for modifying our plan and improving our schools. Throughout the many conversations we had thus far, a few themes resonated across the county:
All of our schools should offer students the same opportunities for robust programming.

Our children must be safe in school and as they travel to and from school.
We must use all of our resources effectively so that we can support the community now and in the future.

We will continue to engage the community in conversations about the future of Bladen County Schools through Public Hearings for the purpose of providing information, answering questions and, most important of all, establishing in the mind of those affected that their reactions and opinions are being evaluated. North Carolina General Statute 115C-72 requires a local board of education to hold a public hearing prior to closing a school.

While each community involvement process is unique, there are some common factors that are usually considered:

  • Building adequacy and condition
  • Enrollments
  • Student population characteristics such as ethnicity, special needs, free and reduced lunch/CEP (community eligibility program), English Language Learners, etc.
  • Budget and financial constraints
  • Learning climate
  • Academic performance
  • Special/Innovative programs
  • Transportation
  • Proximity to other schools

The energy and innovation brought to the school consolidation discussion must be channeled to support improved learning opportunities for our children. Our school district will continue to strive to provide an excellent education for the students in our care.

Consolidation Resources