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VOL. 90 No. 16
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA *8086TUESDAY, FEBRUARY >7,1616
KM School Board Opposed To Merger
One of the projects the Greater
Shelby Chamber of Commerce wlU
push this year is merger of the
Shelby City, Cleveland County and
Kings Mountain District Schools.
Last week Dr. Vincent Oolumbo,
head of the chamber education
committee, presented a proposal
that the board explore the feslblUty
of the merger. He told the chamber
directors "It may be controversial •
or It may not be."
Of the three systems. Kings
Mountain District Schools U the
largest area and student population-
wise. This was not true five years
ago when the merits and de-merlts
of a merger of the three school
systems was first discussed. At that
time educators and administrators
and private cltlsens were very much
(q>posed to the Idea.
At the time Donald ,Iones was
superintendent of the local system
and different persons were on the
board of education. However, It was
Ihelr opinions such a merger would
do nothing for either Kings
Mountain or Shelby, that only the
Cleveland County system would
Some of the present board of
education members still feel the
Mrs. June Lee said, "I am not In
favor of It. I think Cleveland
County's system feels both Kings
Mc^taln and Shelby have much
more than It does, but 1 think It
be better for Kings Mountain to
remain separate. I think we are
progressing nicely on our own and
see no reason to change that."
Mrs. Lee said she has been told by
people In arests that have con
solidated school systems that the
story It Is cheaper and more equal
opportunity-wise for the students Is
Kyle Smith said he doesn’t feel
“Kings Mountain would get a fair
shake In such a merger. I haven’t
(turn to pg. S)
Snow storms have cost students
H five days of classes this school year,
according to Kings Mountain
District Schools Supt. William
’Ihree of those days have been
written off because students were
. required to attend classes Jan. 13
0 and Feb. 7 and 8-all three originally
designated as spring holidays.
The other two days could be added
to the end of the school term.
Davis ssdd, “I will recommend to
the school board at the March
m meeting that the two days be added
* on, extending the last day of school
for students on June 8 Instead of
June 6. The laxt days for teachers
would be June 13 Instead of Jime 8."
Davis said he has talked about the
makeup days with principals In the
# district schools and a suggestion the
days lost due to weather be made up
on Saturdays was abandoned.
“There are too many absences on
Saturday makeup days to make It
worthwhile,” he said.
. The superintendent also said there
% were a “minimum of problems”
following reopening of school after
snow hoUdays. He said there were
IncldentB of buses being stuck In
the mud, but no more so than on
rainy school days.
^1 "Schools reopened smoothly,"
^ Davis said, "and the absences due to
Illness have subsided considerably
according to the school nurse, Mrs.
Bennett Masters. Attendance Is
getting back to normal."
HOW HIGH’S THE WATER? - Pretty deep. The weekend rains raised creeks to the overflowing point photo. By oarystewart
and flooded many low-lying areas. But the weatherman says clear skies are on the way...