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Wide-ranging discussion at Tuesday’s town hall

In a wide-ranging discussion during Tuesday night’s town hall meeting, Mathews County School Board members heard from residents on a large number of issues, everything from concerns over classroom instruction and the oversight of teacher performance to conversations about broadband access and school water quality.

Tuesday’s town hall was originally scheduled to last about an hour, ending at 7:05, but following a plea from county supervisor Mike Walls, the meeting was extended by almost another hour. About 50 people filled the Mathews High School media center to take part.

School board vice chairman John Priest served as master of ceremonies, reading questions submitted on index cards and directing them to either superintendent Nancy Welch or school board chairman Desmond Smith for an answer.

One parent voiced her concern about teachers’ increased reliance on printed handouts for instruction, instead of using the designated textbook. She also pointed to what she sees as a lack...

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