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Harnett Board of Commissioners Supports Charter School or Do they?

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Harnett Board of Commissioners Supports Charter School or Do they?


A letter of support was part of the application that the Anderson Creek Charter School turned in to the state. In this letter Chairman Burgin gives his full support of the propose school and praises the staff and board of the school. The letter is on Harnett County letterhead. When the Harnett Dispatch reached out to discuss this letter of support from other seated Commissioners, the Commissioners were not aware of this letter of support.





4 Responses “Harnett Board of Commissioners Supports Charter School or Do they?”

  1. Nikkie Rice
    March 14, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    When did the Anderson Creek area fall under Burgin? Last I knew it was House/McNeill split…now the new board member. Although this is written by him as individual support he’s throwing his elected position behind it. And everyone in the area knows that David Levinson and his supporters will say they have the support of the Chmn of the BOC and others will infer that the entire BOC are behind it. Guess the pre-election rumors were true – Levinson now holds the puppet strings…

  2. Joe Miller
    March 17, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I find that both concerning and disturbing! Its not that I support or not support a charter school, its that I do not know enough about them to make a decision at the spur of the moment. I do not believe Chairman Burgin should have used County stationary to send this letter because it could be viewed as the whole board supporting this school.( maybe Mr. Burgin will enlighten us why) I do know that at least 3 of us did not want to support this school AT THIS TIME simply because we do not understand all the facts and its possible impact on the county. As for the forth commissioner, I do not know what the responce was. There are a lot of questions that I would love to ask about charter schools and at this time we have not discussed this issue at all. If a charter school will help our overcrowding issue, then Ill stand behind it but not before many facts, figures and people that are far more informed than myself can explain and answer all my questions, I will stand my ground.

    • March 17, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      We said Joe, the issue is what is best for ALL of the children of Harnett County and NOT what is best for a select few. Please know that you are supported by ALL citizens of Harnett County, no matter what party affiliation, race, or religion.

      You stand FOR THE PEOPLE!! Keep up the GREAT WORK !!!

  3. Paul Long
    March 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

    The question I have for Mr. Burgin is very important and it is not about a Charter School in Harnett COunty for less than 200 children. The question is far more important and is as follows is “how is Harnett County going to build the needed amount of schools for children for the next 20 years”? Harnett County is one of the top 10 counties in the state with the highest growith in population and has gone up a large percentage in the last few years. We have always had adequate schools and we should maintain that level of quality in the future for the children. Mr. Burgin needs to get busy making a long range plan for schools that includes help from his favorite Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and figuring out how to get federal funding for the extra military children and the other increasing number of children living in our county. He also needs to understand that raising taxes is a option and the using “not raising taxes is a excuse” he can use for a reason Harnett County cannot build more schools. As we grow we have to provide the basic services for our people and schools are number 1. Mr. Burgin needs to stop the divide and conquer and get busy working for the people and our future.

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