The Alexander County Board of Education hosted a Public Hearing concerning the possible closure of Taylorsville Elementary School Tuesday Evening. The event was held in the school gymnasium. Before the 1st speaker approached the podium, Board Chairperson Caryn Brzykcy told the gathering that the school will operate at least one more year which brought about a standing ovation from the crowd estimated to number about 500. Bryzykcy said a decision could not be made before late Fall or Early Winter assuring the school would operate for the 2016-2017 year.
37 people signed up to speak including Taylorsville Elementary Principal Jessica Mays who spoke first. Staff at Taylorsville, students, clergy, parents, and concerned citizens echoed the sentiment that the school should be saved.
Late in the meeting two County Commissioners spoke. Milton Campbell and Ryan Mayberry challenged the Board of Education to be more transparent. Mayberry made the comment that the two boards do not have a good working relationship and that must change. Mayberry said this evening that he” will work to set up meetings with the Board of Education”.
Taylorsville Elementary is the oldest school in Alexander County with most of the structure dating to the 1950’s. The Board of Education estimates it would cost $3 million to renovate the campus. The Board of Education is scheduled to submit a presentation to the County Board of Commissioners on Monday May, 2nd.