‘Snub’ reflects poorly on low-performing school
Admittedly, we cannot know the mind of Smithfield-Selma High School principal Michael Taylor and his reasons for the “snub” of Neuse Charter School, as the newspaper described it. However, what we do know is the high school led by Principal Taylor is at or near the bottom in our county in every meaningful measurable statistic while Neuse Charter School leads the county in most of those categories. Is petty jealousy at play?
Perhaps more interaction between the students of our best and our worst schools would benefit students in need of role models and more successful students.
In fairness to Mr. Taylor, he has no voice in selecting the students at his school. That’s in contrast to Neuse Charter School, which has a selection process that generally favors students with more parental interest and support. He must serve all who come – most without other options.
Despite those noted differences, we owe every student an opportunity to be well-educated, and the services and opportunities necessary to aid their achievement must be assured.
It is also alarming that too many of Smithfield-Selma High School students choose not to participate in school-related extracurricular activities because of the absence of an environment in which they feel welcomed and needed, according to their own words.
It is disappointing that Principal Taylor made the “snub” decision because he could; that only highlights the failure of the school he leads. Our businesses, our government and, yes, our schools are a product of the quality of the leadership in which they operate. The “snub” by Mr. Taylor and the reasons he provided for that decision are, at best, suspect. How petty.
Accommodations should have been made for all students within our community.
M. Durwood Stephenson