Our View: Ups and Downs - Guilford school board; Colorado investigators

Jan. 11, 2013 @ 02:36 AM

THUMBS UP to the Guilford County Board of Education for accepting the High Point City Council’s $300,000 offer to purchase 9.8 acres of land off Shadybrook and School Park roads that will be used to expand High Point’s Miracle Field area. The field and other facilities there are used by the Miracle League to host games and athletic events for children with special needs or who are disabled. The 9.8 acre tract, located next to the Miracle Field, had been considered as a possible site for a school, but now will be used by High Point and the Miracle League to expand and improve its offerings for participants.

THUMBS UP to Guilford Board of Education member and High Pointer Ed Price for abstaining during the vote on the property issue related to the Shadybrook/School Park roads property. Price was a driving force behind development of the Miracle Field facilities, and while we’re sure he supported selling the property to the city, he was right not to vote on the matter.

Also, give another THUMBS UP to the Guilford Board of Education for its decision to incorporate the Allen Jay name into the proposed magnet middle school on the former Allen Jay Middle School campus. The school board had entertained the idea of changing the Allen Jay name for the new school. However, many people in the surrounding area, known as the Allen Jay community, raised strong objection to changing the school’s name (as evidenced by the numerous comments and poll question responses received by the Enterprise).

THUMBS DOWN to the Colorado law enforcement officers who — while interrogating James Holmes just after the Aurora, Colo., theater shootings in which he is charged — elected not to administer any tests of Holmes for drugs or other substances. Although Holmes was pretending paper bags on his hands to preserve gunshot residue were puppets; although he tried to jam a staple into an electrical outlet; although Holmes played with a cup on the table and although an officer noted that Holmes’ eyes were dilated, he was not tested for drugs or other substances because, “I saw no indication that he was under the influence of anything,” an investigator testified during a hearing this week.