Lexington, NC -- Dozens of parents and teachers attended the Davidson County Commissioner's meeting Tuesday night to ask for a new high school to alleviate overcrowding.
It's a debate that takes place all across the country. Do we put the money in education and invest in our children who will then contribute to the future of our community? Or, do we put the money into industry like a business park that will bring in money and jobs right away?
WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford found this is the current predicament in Davidson County.
Dozens of parents and teachers showed up to the commissioner's meeting on Tuesday night because they want money in the budget to start construction on a new high school, not an industrial park.
Stephanie Kennedy is an Oak Grove Middle School parent and teacher. She said before building the new middle school, Ledford and North Davidson middle schools were overcrowded. Now, the crowding at the middle schools has been alleviated but the high schools are still hurting.
"How crowded the hallways were, how difficult it was for students to get from class to class, classroom management with the number of students in the classroom, the ability to learn by the students," said Kennedy.
The Lexington Dispatch reported that Ledford High School was built for 800 students. They have around 1,200 currently.
The Ledford High School principal spoke at the commissioner's meeting. He's worried about safety and overcrowding.
The commissioners told News 2, it's not that easy. Chairman Fred McClure said they have to look at the big picture. He knows they need a school but unemployed people need jobs.
McClure said Davidson County's unemployment rate is a little higher than 10%. That's higher than the state average.
Commissioner McClure said the county has already been turned down by two businesses that would have brought 400 jobs each. The businesses went elsewhere because the property and infrastructure wasn't there.
Much of the decision depends on funding from the state. If it's only county money backing the high school, they'll have to raise taxes.
The commissioners will discuss whether to build the high school at their July 11th meeting.
WFMY News 2