Impact of School Unification on Winnersville Classic

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

Valdosta, GA -- October 7, 2011 --

From her earrings, to her shoes, to the belt around her waist, LaVerne Rome supports both the Valdosta City School System and Lowndes County School System.

But she doesn't support school unification.

Rome is the mother of former Valdosta High Wildcat star and Georgia Bulldog Jay Rome, but she herself is a graduate of the Lowndes County School System and says it needs to be about the students.

"If you have two school systems and both school systems are opposing it, I don't think it's in the best interest of the children," said Rome.

Community Unification for Educational Excellence - or CUEE - is the organization trying to consolidate the schools.

CUEE says it won't affect the Winnersville Classic, but it's a very real concern for students.

"I've been with Valdosta City Schools since I was a little kid. I wouldn't want to go to Lowndes High," said Valdosta High School Senior Jared Koeppel.

Fans wonder what will happen to this classic if the schools consolidate.

It's an issue that will lie in the hands of voters November 8th

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  • by Luke Location: Valdosta on Oct 10, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    Oh I see...we finally get a student's voice, it isn't what you like, so it's biased? Really? Funny thing is the majority of ALL students, teachers ( those in EDUCATION) are against consolidation. The coverage isn't biased, it simply reflects reality.
  • by Stephanie Location: Valdosta on Oct 9, 2011 at 07:40 AM
    Biased? What's biased is the venomous lies CUEE (which is probably who "Mark" could be traced to) has consistently spewed in this campaign. Biased was the coverage that CUEE picked up in the beginning of this campaign with the Valdosta Daily Times. Did you scream for equality then? Truth is, you are now in a minority . Our town stands united in this fight against consolidation.
  • by Mark Location: Valdosta on Oct 7, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    VERY biased coverage, showing only one side of the issue! Please give equal time to those favoring. The boy's comments are very misleading. Do a better job. Be objective!
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