The prospect of consolidating three smaller Albemarle County elementary schools is a troubling one – this is one of the areas in which economics may need to take a secondary position to sociological and societal benefits.
Anecdotally, smaller schools are better. Better for classes, for community involvement, for neighborhoods … for real estate values.
From today’s Daily Progress: (bolding mine)
A committee is calling for three elementary schools in southern Albemarle County to be shut down and replaced with one big school.
Red Hill, Scottsville and Yancey have about 525 students combined and are projected to have nearly 600 pupils in 10 years.
The advisory committee recommended by a 6-to-1 vote to shift students at the three small schools to one larger school that would be built at the site of Walton Middle School and have a capacity of 650 pupils. One of the committee’s eight members did not vote.
A public hearing on the small schools proposal is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Monticello High School, less than a week after Moran is scheduled to make her recommendation to the School Board. The School Board plans to vote on what should be done with the three schools on Oct. 22.
One of the reasons Albemarle County is targeted as being a great place to buy a home and live is because of the actual and perceived quality of the schools. I cannot see how a seeming short-sighted decision such as this will be beneficial to the students, families and community.