-- Suwannee County, Fl. -- March 12, 2013 --
One Suwannee County School Board member said "the children are our concern, the children are our future. And if we mess up.. hey we're going to pay in the long run."
By a vote of three to two, the Suwannee County School Board voted not to reconfigure the school system on Tuesday evening. An outcome that many in the community supported.
One Suwannee County resident said "we got stuff that is working, let it work!"
Suwannee County resident Larry Jeoks said "I don't agree with it because it will handicap the minority children."
The defeated plan would have made three of the county's schools stand alone and teach Pre-K through fifth grade. Currently students graduate from one school and move to the other as they get older. That system will now remain.
Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron said "to choose which students go to what school is just kind of unfair. And just for equality alone for all students to be treated equal it is much better to stay configured the way that we are."
As for the money it would have cost to reconfigure, members of the community had their own ideas as to what it could go towards.
One member of the community said "the guidance counselors, the resource officers, they're stressed, over worked, underpaid. Show them some appreciation. Give them something so they have more to give back to our kids."