The Star’s story about racial concerns at the new Central High School of Clay County caused us quite a bit of concern. We often ride on Alabama 9 to see how the fantastic school is evolving. We are excited about this opportunity for our young people to learn to share education, experience and history.
We are hopeful that this coming year will engender exciting opportunities, not only for education, but also for competitive sporting events.
The message about cheerleading tryouts left us thinking that nothing should endanger the feeling of cooperation that students, parents, teachers and the public must have about the new cheerleading team of Central High School or any cooperative effort to combine the schools.
We realize that the competition for the cheerleading slots was fair. However, the preparation for the slots may not have been. Tumbling seems to have been an issue. Not everyone was able to afford lessons.
Why not — for this year only — open up several more slots to qualify for the cheerleading team? Those who are not as skilled at tumbling can do special non-tumbling jumps or moves. They have all summer to practice tumbling, if necessary.
Next year, if tumbling is required, equal time/tutoring must be afforded to practice tumbling skills before the tryouts.
John and Suzan Scholl