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Parents, Students Board of Education Members Voice Concerns Over Southwood Academy

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ANDERSON, SC - One day before a scheduled school board meeting, parents and students of the Southwood Academy of the Arts voiced their concerns to the Anderson County Board of Education on Monday night.

According to our news coverage partners at the Anderson Independent-Mail, dozens of parents and students of the school attended Monday's meeting where county school board members questioned Anderson School District 5 Superintendent Tim Wilson about why there was no public debate about the decision not to add grades nine-12 to the magnet school. The newspaper reports that Wilson said he could not justify the estimated $1,200-1,400 more per student in grades nine-12 at Southwood than at other high schools. 

“I just feel like you’ve all pulled a Houdini act on me,” said Brenda Bradberry, vice chairwoman of the county board. 

“I don’t think you’re doing justice to the taxpayers of Anderson County,” said County Board of Education Chairman David Draisen.

The Independent-Mail reports that Wilson said his vision for a reorganization, including a block schedule where students would be bused to electives at T.L. Hanna, Westside, Southwood or the District 5 Career Campus. Southwood would not, however, offer core classes for grades nine — 12.

“I assumed they (Southwood students) would want the same rigorous curriculum that the kids at Hanna and Westside got,” Wilson said, referring to Advanced Placement and language courses. “You cannot build classes for two to three kids.”

The Anderson School District 5 meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district offices at 400 Pearman Dairy Road in Anderson.

To read the entire article from the Anderson Independent-Mail, click here

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