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Superintendent Law addresses student poverty

March 23, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Over the past dozen years, the portion of Wood County Schools children receiving free and reduced meals has grown from just over a third of the student population to over half of that......

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Mar-23-13 3:46 PM

I know that what I have said sounds harsh and I know that their are some kids in the community that need the help. But I absolutly do not beleive that more than half the community is in poverty. I think most of those on that assistance for their children counld easily pay for it but the school system makes it easy to get on it so people with low morals take advantage of that system. And for the stadium repairs needed. Thats a good thing to keep up with. One of the few positive things about a school system is a great sports team.

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Mar-23-13 3:21 PM

"Law said Wood County Schools has been working to find ways to address the problem of child poverty in the schools."

Those determinations are made by the local education entity or the Wood County Board of Education.

The same entity that just allocated $900,000 to the athletic departments of our High schools with the approval of the Parkersburg community.

The priorities of the people have spoken volumes to where their concerns lie with student poverty.

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Mar-23-13 2:39 PM

What do you expect when the Gov's allow Walmart to be the states #1 employer! But continue about how angry you are that poor kids have food. Defense Contractors LOSE a billion dollars, it's ok, but, let a poor kid have a cheeseburger and watch out!

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Mar-23-13 1:58 PM

Desperate times call for desperate measures. The economy *****! Low wages and unemployment are also soaring. Times are hard and this is yet another area where we see the impact of those things. Get employment up, bring down the cost of essentials, allow families to become connected again..and we might see these numbers change. Until then....we might as well get used to things as they are.

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Mar-23-13 9:28 AM

Hanna, and bakerkat. If they would have participated in that program it would have only lasted a short while and then the county and/or the state would be on the hook for the bill. But we all know that when you start a program like that and then have to take it away, all the leaches on the system would be screaming of the starving kids not getting to eat at McDonalds because they had to start paying again. Besides that, whats it cost $5 for a breakfast and lunch. Not bad.

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Mar-23-13 9:16 AM

The real root cause is the breakdown of the family.There is a huge increase in single parent births.To further exacerbate the problem is that drug use is at an all time high.Well at least this bunch made themselves feel better by getting together and talking about it,along with getting their names and pictures in the paper.I'm sure there will be another "feel good"conference in the coming months so these persons can justify their jobs.

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Mar-23-13 8:48 AM

I think they should examine real close many of those applications for free meals.. I know some of those parents do not report all their income, plus they get free meals then after school the parents take them to McDonald's or somewhere else, why not they didn't have to pay to feed them 2 meals. But the honest person is home cooking noodles.

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Mar-23-13 12:50 AM

As I recall, the members of Wood County's Board of Education earlier declined to participate in a federal program that would have provided FREE meals to every student. Way to go Wood County BOE--you've gone a long way to promote the effects of poverty. Time to clean house.

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