Sadie Saulter Options On The Table

About 25 people showed up Tuesday night to find out what what plans the Pitt County School Board school board has for Sadie Saulter Elementary School now that is will no longer operate as a K-5 school.

One possible program for the school is the Alpha Program for kids that need intervention. Some say it's a program for bad kids--but one mother says it saved her child.

Transforming the school would also mean physical changes. Option one will add 21,000 square feet and cost about 3.5 million dollars. Option two adds 28,000 square feet of space and costs about 5.6 million. Both options involve moving Alpha to Sadie Saulter--which is just fine with the current principal.

Fredonia Stewart says, "I think the Alpha program and pre-k students will definitely benefit from the facilities here. So, i'm very happy that this school is going to be a vibrant part of the community."

School officials say no decision has been made as of yet. Tuesday's feedback will be taken in consideration and a vote will be made in April.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The life span of one elementary school is officially limited, and officials are looking for input on how they'll change the building into something other than a school.

The Pitt County Board of Education will host a community forum at Sadie Saulter Elementary School in Greenville Tuesday evening. The topic: options for reconfiguring the school into a place for a Pre-K center, administrative offices and special programs. The forum starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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  • by Rachel Location: greenville on Mar 19, 2010 at 04:08 AM
    To Anti-Terrorist...you are right you don't lose your right to complain, if you ARE chosing to take action. My point is that if all you do is complain and don't try to better the situation at hand, then we usually call that "complaining" by a word that is much more vulgar. There are a lot of things about our school system that need to be changed and it takes people who are willing to take some action to get them changed. If you have ideas on ways to help PCS better reach all of the children no matter what school they attend, please help!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2010 at 11:26 AM
    The point is AT that this article and this meeting and this debate are not about the programs you speak of. Leave it alone.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Mar 18, 2010 at 11:03 AM
    I did not say I did not have a horse in the race. Advanced education programs that were previously at Sadie were there to bolster attendance. It did not work. I don't want those programs going to yet another troubled school just to bolster attendance and place false respect on those otherwise troubled schools. I have not been informed yet where those advanced placement programs are going is not Sadie. My horse is that for my child to take advantage of those programs he would have had to go to Sadie part of the day. Those programs should have been at his school and not politically maneuverer into a school like Sadie. That is my horse. As for those that say not showing up to the meeting excludes one from having an opinion or continuing to try and make a difference, I say you are dead wrong. And Rachel, you never lose your right to voice your opinion and take action in this country. Far too many people think just because someone was voted in that we suddenly have to accept their view!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2010 at 08:38 AM
    To 'Anti-Terrorist...if you do not have a horse in this race then stay out of it. Why should it matter to you what programs move to the school as long as your child isn't there. Many parents of children that could be moving to Sadie Saulter are in favor of the move. Be happy for them.
  • by Rachel Location: greenville on Mar 18, 2010 at 04:09 AM
    In response to Pitt County being a "money pit," I would like to inform you that while Pitt county as well as most counties do spend way to much money, Dr. Reep has refused pay raises and suggested that the money be put towards the schools. If you are not happy with the way schools including Sadie Saulter are being funded, get informed and involved in the up coming school board election. There are a lot of things that I disagree with, but I lose my right to complain if I don't try to take some action.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Mar 17, 2010 at 09:06 PM
    Actually I am just teasing. I hope they find a good use for the property that is aligned with the needs of the community in that area. It would be a shame if they don't use the opportunity to benefit that specific area.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Mar 17, 2010 at 06:06 PM
    True. I was not there because my issue is with the School Board and the advanced program offerings at specific schools. Anyone who thinks their voice was heard is in lala land. They have made up their minds long before calling in public opinion. It was just a test to see if any real sparks were igniting over the issue that would cost a politician their job. I could care less about that property unless they are again using our tax dollars to place programs their that only serve the brave and dumb.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    Anti-Terroist- if you would have showed up last night you would have heard that they will be taking the fence down and only fencing in one area and that is because of the road.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Mar 17, 2010 at 02:50 PM
    And you are correct Sadie had great teachers because they paid them well to be there. Most of the advanced early education programs were administered there in order to coax parents to keep their kids in that school. They tried to bus my son there because of his advanced math placement. They would not allow the advanced math programs at any of the other elementary schools. I wonder where the program will be housed now, probably the next school that needs to be pulled from the trenches.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Mar 17, 2010 at 02:45 PM
    Only speaking on Elementary Schools, how many others have had the number of lock downs that Sadie Saulter had? How many others are surrounded by razer wire and locked when school is in session. Obviously a safe learning environment!
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