Keep Tilghman Elementary School from Closing
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The Talbot County Board of Education’s 2017 Educational Facilities Master Plan was discussed at their July board meeting and it lists closing Tilghman Elementary School as a consideration. If the Board of Education decides to take action it would be devastating to our children and the entire community.
To the folks that live here this is more than a place where our children learn. It’s the heart of our community, it’s where the cafeteria is filled with families supporting PTO events and school functions, it’s a location for the Tilghman Area Youth Association to provide afterschool programs for our children, it’s a draw for young families to come, stay and raise their children. If closed, this would threaten the well-being of our community.
Tilghman Island does not need a vacant school building. Based on the Board of Education’s 2017-2018 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan this school is in superior condition, the highest grading available in the plan. It would be a waste of county dollars to desert a perfectly useful building and overcrowd St. Michaels Elementary School. The increased class sizes at St. Michaels Elementary School would then put that school at 99% utilization! Then what . . . portable classrooms, redistrict St. Michaels students to Easton . . . ?!? These are just a few concerns, they are valid and could have a negative impact on our childrens’ education.
Tilghman Elementary School provides top-notch educators and currently staffs Talbot County’s Teacher of the Year, who is also a candidate for Maryland State Teacher of the Year. It proudly boasts that it was named 2007-2008 School of the Year. This school has also been recognized for its high attendance rates and student performance. They are doing everything right, let’s not end that.
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