Closing FMS: A student’s opinion

Samantha Frazier's picture

I’m Samantha Frazier. This is my first time writing my own personal viewpoint to a large audience. I hope I can do it right.

I’m in seventh grade at Fayette Middle School in Fayetteville. FMS is on the chopping block for the Fayette County school closings.

I’m not going to like it but I’m gonna support the school closings. What people have to understand is that there are things in life that you have to overcome.

I have attended the board meetings on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 and my view lately is that, logically, it is necessary though it may hurt some communities.

However, the kids here at FMS are prepared. Instead of being mad and fighting for the school, we’re going to tell you that we have memories, FMS is great and we will miss it but we’ll recover.

It’s sad to say that some kids may never get to see how good FMS was, but this is just one of the things that the community will have to overcome.

At the last two meetings I have watched [board member] Mary Kay (don’t know her last name) [Bacallao] questioning other board and community members regarding the school closings.

First, I would like to say that I feel that her questions could be asked at any time and are being publicly asked at the meetings simply for the recognition that she will get due to the public knowing that she is against the change.

I think the correct term is for her own political gain, but that may not be the right way to put it. It sure does make her look good, though.

It is my understanding that we have a yearly deficit of nearly $15 million. According to the information from Monday’s meeting, Mary Kay proposes to save about $6 million yearly.

My question is, where would we get the other $9 million? I don’t understand her math. If I am wrong, I invite her explanation.

I would appreciate it because I want to understand and right now I am confused. I don’t understand how they will get the money without closing the schools.

Closing them makes sense. It doesn’t mean that people are going to like it but it’s not the end of Fayette County.

Right now, I am reading a book called, “Who Moved my Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard. One thing that it says is that when you stop being afraid, you feel good.

If we can stop being afraid of the schools closing, we’ll be able to unite as a community and feel good about the change. And maybe, just maybe, people might see it’s a good thing.

[Samantha Frazier, a FMS seventh-grader, volunteered to write a series of opinion columns for The Citizen about the closing of her school from a student’s viewpoint.]

Just Saying
Just Saying's picture
Joined: 06/18/2008
FMS not really closing

I enjoyed reading your comments, Samantha, and I have great news for you. Looking at the maps, it appears that FMS is not really closing afterall. It's just relocating a few miles into the building currently occupied by Bennett's Mill Middle School. You and the majority of your classmates and teachers will be together again next year in a much newer facility.

angeldawn80's picture
Joined: 01/30/2013
From Sam

I guess you could view it that way. The part that may not be true is that even though most of the kids will probably be there, we don't know anything about the teachers. The decisions about that won't be made until after the school board votes on the closures. BMMS already has teachers for many of the classes. The question ends up being which teachers will be going to BMMS and which teachers are going to be cut. Even with the schools being closed, the board still has to close a $10 to $12 million gap in staff and other areas. So I have to wonder which of my teachers will have jobs next year. Even though I have said that I support the closures, I still worry about my teachers.

pumpkin's picture
Joined: 08/19/2009
Sam Thank You

You touched my heart and I feel your concern. My daughters school was split her senior year and many of her friends went to other schools, new friends had to be made. Tough in your senior year.

To the citizens commenting here, I pray this is a wake up call to you, that our youth are reading your words, please be nicer, Mike, Larry hope you have your listening ears on.

moelarrycurly's picture
Joined: 10/17/2010

Are you the mom of Samantha or are you Samantha?

angeldawn80's picture
Joined: 01/30/2013
It is I

I am Sam. My mom lets me use her account to reply to messages.

Davids mom
Davids mom's picture
Joined: 10/30/2005

You are a credit to your parents; your teachers; and your community. Continue to ask questions. The answers may clarify some actions of some adults. I look forward to your contribution to The Citizen.

Husband and Fat...
Husband and Father of 2's picture
Joined: 07/23/2012

You are mature beyond your years and very intuitive. I'm sorry you may have to lose your beloved school, but you and your fellow classmates will survive and succeed wherever you may be placed next year.

As you have seen first hand, politics, not common sense are played out in every aspect of life. Friendships, work, sports, church, and education. I am glad to see that the youth of today can see through those people that are politicians and those that get things accomplished with logic.

I look forward to reading more of your thoughts.

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