GRAFTON—The Grafton Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker Doug Flohr, who is a board member for the Taylor County Board of Education, to their meeting on Wednesday.
Club member Shaunda Rauch, introduce Flohr by saying, “He is a man of honor and integrity, and having children in the school system myself, it makes me feel better knowing he is on the board.”
“I am here not as a board member, but as a citizen, to share my thoughts and concerns with you about the education of our community’s youth,” proclaimed Flohr.
Flohr discussed many education-related topics with the club such as, the A through F grading system, along with each of the grades that were recently received by the schools in Taylor County.
He also shared that, although he possesses a Masters degree in Secondary Education, he, himself is not an educator, rather he is just “ a farmer with a passion for education”.
Flohr reported that Taylor County schools, as a whole received a C grade.
“I don’t see a lot of outrage with this. I haven’t had a single parent or educator in the county contact me about the grade. I don’t know what to think of that. Do people not care? Do they just think we are already doing everything we can? To me this is not an acceptable grade,” said Flohr.
He proudly shared that Flemington Elementary received an A grade, and attributed the grade to the excellent work of the school’s staff. West Taylor Elementary received a B. However, Anna Jarvis was on the lower end of the scale receiving a D.
“The student population of Flemington and West Taylor combined is only half the amount of children that attend Anna Jarvis,” explained Flohr. “I have an emotional tie to AJ. I went to school there, my children went to school there, and I feel a responsibility to see that my school improves.”
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