Bigger isn’t always better.
And Dalton Public Schools is struggling to deal with the enormous growth it has seen in student population over the past decade.
Total enrollment has grown by 35 percent to 7,700 students. Dalton Middle School’s enrollment has grown by 40 percent to 1,700. That’s leading to overcrowding and long lines at some schools. Lunch hour at the middle school, for instance, reportedly starts early in the day and continues into the afternoon.
Officials project that growth to continue over at least the next five years.
So what are the solutions being talked about? Some are saying a new high school, some are saying a new middle school, some are saying a hybrid of the two, some are saying no new school at all.
Others worry about Dalton High’s athletic programs and sports traditions that could be harmed by creating a new high school.
Sports have their place, though no more so than other extracurricular activities. And no extracurricular activity should take precedence over academic excellence.
School leaders are creating a committee to bring recommendations on how to deal with the growth in student population to the city school board by September 2014. That committee should focus solely on how to best educate the city’s children, how to ease overcrowding and to make sure classroom instruction isn’t interfered with by a large student body.
They owe it to students to focus solely on academics and they owe it to the community. A well-educated workforce and well-educated citizens are vital to the city’s future.
Bigger isn’t always better.
Move carefully, but soon
No one intended for it to happen. No one had any bad motives.
But during a period of 40 years or more, quite a few people didn’t do enough planning, didn’t have enough foresight to see what all of the development in Dalton would do.
Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure
No word. No warning. Little help.
That’s what Dalton Public Schools officials received from the federal government when it dropped 30 Central American students into local classrooms last school year.
Sacrifices worth honoring
Members of the Dalton City Council were recently approached by representatives of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with a request to declare Dalton a Purple Heart City. Council members indicated they will approve the request.
We must do better
The numbers tell a sad tale.
Registered voters: 36,843.
Cards cast: 5,307.
That means the turnout for Tuesday’s runoffs in Whitfield County was a measly 14.4 percent, according to unofficial results from the Whitfield County elections office.
Letter: Control immigration
Thousands are starting to pour into our country, and things are getting personal. Why would we end up the bad guys if we turn away children who aren’t ours? How does it make us better people to let one man steal from our children and stand by and do nothing?
Helping with Book Blast betters the community
The school test results are in, and students in Whitfield and Murray counties mostly improved from a year ago, mirroring or exceeding average scores of their peers.
Mark Millican: Guns are already everywhere
Though it happened over 30 years ago, the image is still vivid.
Charles Oliver: Former officer works overtime improperly
Stephen F. Hall has pleaded guilty to theft by deception and falsifying a government record.
Dalton council should seek answers
Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.
Letter: Something to think about
It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.
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