Candidates for the Mathews County School Board addressed Gwynn’s Island residents during a forum last Thursday at the island’s civic league building.
In a generally congenial session, perhaps the most contentious responses were given in answer to a question about why an unlicensed library attendant was in charge of the Mathews High School and Thomas Hunter Middle School libraries half of the time. The questioner pointed out that one librarian was serving both schools.
The incumbents all said it was an unfortunate but necessary action because of budget constraints.
"Is it acceptable?" said Persinger. "No, but it’s reality."
Sherrill agreed that the situation is reality, but charged that Mathews has an average of 11 students per teacher, and that if the ratio were increased to just 12 students per teacher, 10 positions could be cut. "You shouldn’t slash and burn," he said, "but we can’t maintain the staffing level."