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Wood County private schools see attendance dip

September 14, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Enrollment figures in Wood County’s private schools are down slightly from 2012, but not a cause for panic, officials said....

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Sep-19-13 5:16 PM

It's a wonderful school and she is a great teacher. It was a dress down Friday when the paper was there. I feel fairly confident that the children learned just as much with their teacher wearing jeans. It is sad that some people have no more of a life than to spend their time criticizing someone's attire.

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Sep-18-13 8:26 AM

My children went to a private Montessori School. The cost was OUTRAGEOUS! However, my husband and I agreed that this was the best route for our kids. We believed we were making an investment. The investment has paid off.

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Sep-17-13 11:01 AM

I would like to add one more note. As far as the kind of education one receives in private or public schools, really depends on the student, and the encouragement from family members, and teachers that one can look up to. Out of a class of 30 students, 4 doctors were produced. Not bad for a private, Christian school! Just one persons opinion.

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Sep-17-13 10:48 AM

How sad some of these opinions appear to me. I was brought up in Catholic schools here in Parkersburg. We wore uniforms everyday, only jeans on field trips, depending where we were going. Tuition was high back then also, and by no means was my family rich. My father helped build the B&O railroad through here, and work hard he did. Raising 8 kids back then was no easier then it is today, in some respect, harder. Plus, sending money home to his parents in Italy on a regular basis to help them. Kids back then didn't complain about what to wear, we had what was known as "PARENTS", and they made the decisions for us. Our mother made most of our clothes, very little store bought, but always dressed properly. Times have certainly changed, and I might add not all for the better! While professional dressing does not indicate intelligence, it certainly shows respect for ones position. It should also teach students that there is an appropriate dress for different occasions.

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Sep-16-13 8:59 AM

Compare ACT Scores and college acceptance rates between private schools and public schools and then tell me which ones are real.

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Sep-14-13 8:23 PM

If you want your child to believe creationism, that Noah had a platypus from Australia on the ark. Christian schools may be a good option. If you want a real education send them to a real school.

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Sep-14-13 6:43 PM

Private schools offer a security blanket for parents. Smaller class sizes mean more attention to their child (in general). However, private schools can't compete with public schools regarding services d From gifted and LD, speech and hearing, technology, sports, or anything else. Many parents have their children attend these schools so that they can be a "Big Fish in a little pond" opposed to a "small fish in a large pond".

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Sep-14-13 6:12 PM

The problem with vouchers to private schools to get rid of public schools is that public schools get dismantled and then the gov't starts cutting the voucher, leaving more and more on the poorest to try to come up with. The wealthy don't care.

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Sep-14-13 5:31 PM

If the paper had reported that it was "Dress down" day... my apologies to the teacher.

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Sep-14-13 12:46 PM

Vouchers would send the enrollment at private schools through the roof.

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Sep-14-13 11:53 AM

Most people just have to look for something to complain about because they wish their own kids were in these schools. Awesome schools and awesome teachers. Worth every dime.

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Sep-14-13 11:12 AM

Mamabear71 and averageguy, it may be helpful to learn about the school system and their dress codes before insulting a teacher you don't know. Parkersburg Christian has dress down days for the faculty on Fridays, much like any other private school and multiple businesses. Many teachers take advantage of this opportunity. This neither makes the school look bad nor this teacher look bad. I personally know this woman and she is a wonderful person and teacher. Judging harshly based on the fact that the newspaper came to the school and took a picture on a dress down Friday is a sad thing.

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Sep-14-13 11:06 AM

mamabear71, what does it matter that she's in jeans? If she's a good teacher & the students are learning, is it really important that she is "NOT" in professional dress? What would you have her wear?

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Sep-14-13 11:04 AM

I have to agree with mamabear on this. Teachers, especially those in private schools where standards are 'supposed' to be set at a higher level should dress more conservatively. I went to catholic school in NYS. Lay teachers dressed in business attire, professionally. They set a high standard and students and parents were expected to follow.

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Sep-14-13 10:17 AM


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Sep-14-13 8:46 AM

The way the teacher is dressed in the photo makes the school look bad, in my opinion. This is NOT professional dress.

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Sep-14-13 12:21 AM

The attendance can't be the same at PCHS. A lot of students (and teachers) have left and more are planning to leave. The principal is running everyone off. It's hard to justify paying tuition prices when there are good public schools in our area with better teachers.

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