Cumberland Times-News

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October 17, 2013

Two high schools are justified until only one school is needed

I want to respond to the two letters regarding merging the two high schools (“Better one ‘super’ school than two small ones,” Oct. 8 Times-News; “Consolidate the schools at the Memorial Hospital site,” Oct. 6) and the idea that the two high schools are justified by Kimi-Scott McGreevy (Oct. 13).

I want to personally tell my story about my experience of attending a big high school and a small high school.

The large high school I attended was in Arlington, Texas, for my ninth and 10th grade years, and I got a good education there.

Then in my 11th and 12 grade years, I attended Allegany High School here in Cumberland. I only graduated from Allegany not decades ago but as recent as 2005.

The difference of the big school I attended the first two years was the fact the high school I attended was in a area that is so much above poverty that there weren’t many people below poverty, allowing for a larger school to work, and the last two years here in Cumberland that many people were below poverty, where a larger school is not needed at this time.

Yes, two high schools are justified until there is a need for one high school, which based upon a growing older population, and that will come when the two writers are not living and that two writers will have to accept in a hard way.

John M Davis

Arlington,Texas

Formerly of Cumberland

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