Schools, Library Seek Input


February 27, 2017

Every week there are a handful of meetings involving government bodies. Sometimes they include topics of great interest to the general public and sometimes the matters are more mundane and procedural.

In the coming weeks, there will be a handful of meetings that should be of great interest to the public and which community input is being sought.

One group of meetings will be held by the Transylvania County Board of Education concerning a future bond referendum. As has been reported in this paper previously, the county schools have roughly $100 million in capital needs. On Monday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Brevard High School, the school board will make a roughly 30-minute presentation regarding the needs of the schools and how those needs might be addressed with a bond.

The next 30 minutes will then be set aside for members of the community to ask any questions and express their opinions about the schools’ capital needs and a bond. The goal of the meeting is to impart information to the public and receive feedback from the public. Once that portion of the meeting is concluded, the board will then conduct its regular business. As always, residents can stay for part or all of the meeting.

In an effort to reach residents in the upper end of the county, the school board has tentatively scheduled another meeting for Monday, March 20, at Rosman High School. The format of the meeting will be the same as the one at Brevard High School.

In addition to the meetings held by the school board, the Transylvania County Library also will sponsor three meetings about additional or expanded services it can provide in the county. The library staff is interested in learning what services it can provide in the future to make the entire community, not just the library, better.

The 90-minute sessions will be facilitated by Maureen Sullivan, past president of the American Library Association. The meetings will be held Monday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m. at Rosman High School; Tuesday, March 7, at noon in the Rogow Room of the county library; and Wednesday, March 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cedar Mountain Café. Hors d’oeuvres also will be provided at the meetings.

All too often government entities are criticized, sometimes rightly, for ignoring the citizenry. In these two cases, the school board and county library are explicitly going out into the county in order to get feedback from residents. It is important for the future of our schools, library and commuity for residents to provide the input these two groups are seeking.


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