This week in history we look back 10, 25 and 50 years to see what was happening in eastern Wake County.
East Wake residents were pushing for change. In 2005, Landmark Christian Academy struggled to open as alternative education option, and in 1990, The Zebulon Record pondered the wisdom of funding driver’s education. Fifty years ago, the Zebulon mayor pushed for improved aesthetics.
Ten years ago, a group of families was trying to bring an alternative school option to the east Wake community – a Christian alternative.
After her son heard one of his elementary school teachers say “H-E-double-hockey-sticks” a second time, Pam Sauls thought enough was enough. She decided home-schooling was the appropriate response.
That was December 2004. Since then, the Zebulon mother has been teaching her three kids not only the four core subjects, but also a fifth involving God. And it’s become her prayer Christianity be incorporated into the classroom curriculum alongside language arts, math, social studies and science.
So Sauls recently filed a special-use permit with the town of Zebulon to run a private school out of two vacant units on East Vance Street. As a kindergarten through eighth-grade campus, Landmark Christian Academy would operate five days a week.
“I felt like people need another option around here,” said Sauls, who believes public institutions are “swishing” the Lord away. “You got to start somewhere.”
Speaking on Sauls’ behalf at a July 12 joint public hearing, Middlesex resident/Faith Baptist Church preschool teacher Charlyne Laudrille said the private school would offer benefits such as a lower teacher-to-student ratio leading to more one-on-one learning.
Building owner William Parrish described the academy as a “stepping stone” to a much bigger school he planned to construct in the future.
...Looking further, the advocate pictures the plan becoming a reality.
“As long as you keep God out of school, our home life and our businesses are going to continue going down the tubes,” Laudrille added.
With driver’s education once again adjusted this year, it is fitting that The Zebulon Record ran an editorial on the same topic 25 years ago.
If there is a silver lining in the gray cloud that has hung over the budget battles in the Legislature this year, it could be that the state’s driver’s education program is likely to come under intense scrutiny.
In formulating its budget, the Senate proposed to transfer the $29 million annual cost of educating young drivers from the general fund to the highway fund, and to give control of the program to the Department of Transportation.
The House, however, voted to defend the highway fund from this added expense – an expense it bore until 1986 – and, therefore, keep the program under control of the public schools.
...State funding of the program, in these days when there is not sufficient money to pay for improvements to real academic programs, should be questioned. Is driver’s education something for which the taxpayers pay?
While no one questions the need for every new driver to take such a course, we all should question with whom rests the responsibility to pay – taxpayers or students? This is especially pertinent when money for adequate facilities and new teachers is so short.
...In a year when the state education world has been turned upside down over two minutes of Channel One advertising, it’s amazing that the intrusion of any driving education into math, English and biology time is permitted.
Fifty years ago, Zebulon’s mayor urged residents to clean up their communities, at least to make good impressions.
Mayor Worth Hinton this week urged that the town citizens get out and clean up their property.
“Some residences and businesses properties need to have a general cleaning,” Mayor Hinton said.
The mayor indicated that with the seeking of industries for the community, industrial officials are coming into the community and are seeing some unsightly property.
“We could make an impression on them if the grounds are cleaned of debris, refuse, or any foreign matter,” Mayor Hinton said.
Mayor Hinton especially pointed out vacant lots which are unsightly and which should be cleaned of objects and the grass and shrubbery cut.
“We want to make our town as beautiful as possible,” Mayor Hinton said, “not only for ourselves but also for those persons who visit us or who are just passing through.”