As you may have already heard, Anderson County School District Five has obtained an option to buy 30+ acres on Cathey Road for the purpose of building a new elementary school. While we are supporters of public education, and want what is best for our children, we do not wish to see one of Anderson’s treasured country settings transformed into a showcase for concrete structures and lines of cars and schoolbuses. Is Cathey Road the best and safest location for a school? We hope this site will help concerned citizens and parents on and around Cathey and Concord Roads and elsewhere in the community to know how to voice their concern over this proposal. We hope that you will make your voice heard and help keep Cathey Road the quiet country setting that so many enjoy. Click Here to sign our petition opposing Cathey Rd. for this new school location.
At the May 19th School Board Meeting, the school board continued to claim they have not decided on the Cathey Rd. location. However, state DOT has said that it came out last year to review this property. Betty Bagley and David Brooks, as well as other board members have stated that they are not considering any other properties other than the Cathey Rd. location. Betty Bagley also stated to the residents of Cathey Rd. on April 29th, that they would begin with the school construction right away after the 120-day phase is over. We continue to see one contradiction after another from the District 5 School Board.
The safety issues involving this location choice were clearly voiced at this meeting. Traffic safety, road/school compatibility and most importantly — the Duke Energy substation and 10-story tall powerlines that will skirt the edge of the school property. If we do not continue to demand a safer and healthier location for children, the school board will disregard these concerns and continue with its own agenda.
“We don’t want to put a school here if people don’t want us here.”
— Betty Bagley, Dist. 5 Superintendent, as stated to residents of Cathey Rd. on April 29th, 2009