by Jim Wilcox
Worth County Schools
We’re relieved that Worth County School Board members changed their minds and will allow MCLB students to remain enrolled in their school system.
And while we don’t disagree with the school board trying to save taxpayer money…..they sure could have handled it better.
A decision of that magnitude required more thought, more input and better communication.
Had board members met with MCLB leaders first, they likely would have reached this new agreement and saved all of Worth County the embarrassment of the last few days.
We hope there’s a lesson learned here, and that consideration and communication will factor into all decisions that affect our students and our communities.
We know Georgia’s outstanding public colleges and universities improve our economy by graduating thousands of students each year who stay in the state to start careers. But they also have a growing impact on our economy simply by being part of communities like Albany and Valdosta.
An annual survey shows the University System had a record 14.1 billion dollars in direct and indirect spending in the fiscal year that just ended.
In our area, Valdosta State had the largest economic impact of nearly 367 million dollars. Albany State was next at 156 million.
We should give special recognition to Darton State College. Its enrollment growth and new 4-year degrees helped push its impact on Albany’s economy up a whopping 12 percent to 135 million dollars.
All of south Georgia’s colleges are important parts of the cities where they’re located. They deserve the continued support of those communities so their impacts will continue to grow.
Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.