Parent discouraged with minimum standards

Dear Editor,
On Aug. 14, I attended a Gifted and Talented (GT) meeting at the Barnwell Elementary School.
I soon became discouraged to find out that our school has opted to meet the minimum requirements for GT. I was further discouraged of the appearance that our local administration does not see that science is important enough in 2014 to have a GT class in Science. Instead they settled for the minimum with offering only Language Arts and Math GT classes.
Prior to the meeting, I thought I would hear the excuse that it was because of budget. Instead I took away that our children should be fine in Science. Also, I realized that our family would have to continue to supplement our children's education because our needs are not being met at the school.
It seems as if we have become fine with meeting the minimum. We have lackluster and average scores in some of our schools and well as some rather embarrassing scores in others.
This is even the case when you compare ratings to similar size school districts in similar types of communities in our state. I have been puzzled for a few years of how/why are other similar schools out performing Dist. 45. I have a reasonable expectation as a community member, a parent, and a tax payer that we should have a high achieving school.
Without a strong high achieving public school, we will continue to see our neighbors with school aged children move one or two counties away. We will continue to see our community struggle to gain jobs. We will continue to see families more for careers. We will continue to see our young people make homes elsewhere as they finish college. I recently heard from one of our City Councilmen, that 650 people moved out of Barnwell last year (we have only 4,700 in the city).
We must have a strong public school for a rural county to survive. This is vital to recruiting jobs in the area. This is vital to keep our neighbors from moving away. This is vital to see our community grow. This is vital to see our children come back home to work and start families.

Craig Martin,