LETTERS: School districts consolidation still an issue for Clinton-Joanna


The Editor,


I would like to thank the Clinton Chronicle for allowing me to present this information to the people in school district 56. 

When the school district consolidation issue was front and center back in the spring, after Representative Mike Pitts had pushed through the SC House a bill to do just that, I challenged him to meet me in 3 public debates around the county and he agreed. The first was held in July at the District 55 High School, and the second at the Hickory Tavern middle school and now the third has been scheduled for the people in District 56. 

Since the School District 56 officials declined to host this debate it will be held Monday, Sept. 24 at the Clinton YMCA located on YMCA drive from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and I want to thank the YMCA for making the conference room available as a public service for the people in District 56.

Since Representative Pitts, under pressure from the people, withdrew the bill, you may wonder why are we having the debate, indeed Rep. Pitts in the second debate said, since the bill has been withdrawn, why are we even debating unless it is to educate  the people on the issue of school district consolidation. In doing so, Mike asked the right question and gave the right answer. These debates were designed to educate the citizens on this important issue effecting local control over our children's education. 

The question I have was why would any thinking person object to citizens being fully informed on any public issue. When people don't want “we the people” to be informed that should raise a big red flag for all. Is the issue as some say dead. I say no, not as long as people like Education Superintendent Molly Spearman and other state leaders who seem largely uninformed or unconcerned about  centralizing power in the hands of fewer people which will have a negative effect on the liberty of all districts involved especially the smaller districts (like District 56) and harm true local control of schools. We need to understand that government at all levels tend to seek more and more power and control, leaving less and less for we the people.

I encourage the people of District 56 as well as others to come and arm yourself with the facts about how this affects liberty, local control of education, and will it really save millions, is consolidation necessary to have economic development in the County. I urge you to plan to be there, and to encourage others to do so. We start on time and end on time.


Keith Tripp,



The Editor,


There are times in your life that you come across great men. One such man is Jarrod Wainwright of Wainwright’s Plumbing. This young man is very knowledgeable in his trade.

He comes and assesses the problem, tells you what needs to be done, and gives a very reasonable quote. He gets the job done right. Next time you see Jarrod and his helper out and about give them a thumbs up for a job well done.

In the future should you need a plumber give this young man a call. You too will be very satisfied with the work he does.


James Martin,


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