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Walton Middle School Administration, Parents Discuss Issues

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Concerned parents and school administrators filled Walton Middle School Tuesday night, meeting to discuss in detail some of the problems that need attention at the school. From dress codes to academics, parents got a lot of concerns off of their chest. Many say the discussion gives them hope.

"It's a great start," said parent Regina Anderson.

Parents say the environment at Walton is a huge issue, from inappropriate clothing to problems in the bathroom.

"We want to see that the behaviors are, when they are inappropriate that they are dealt with appropriately and that all those things are communicated to us as parents," Anderson said.

The concerns come just months after two middle school students were found drunk on a school bus and another attacked an administrator.  Parents say these issues happen at other schools, but are handled differently.

"It all comes down to how they're handled and what they do to change to actually go forward," said parent Mike Franco.

Mike Franco showed up because his fifth-grade child is scheduled to attend Walton next year. He says he is not completely confident in the school just yet but says the meeting was a start.

"At this point I'm about 50 percent confident but I did hear some good things from the county members that made me a little more confident that I maybe was 20 minutes ago," Franco said.

Academics were also a concern.

"We feel like we need more electives. The foreign language came across loud and clear," Anderson said.

For school administrators, the one main issue was loud and clear.

"Communication seems to be one of the larger ones that we want to work on very quickly," said Alison Dwier Seldon, Walton's principal.

The principal also says that the administration will work on communication with parents as well as students. She says she also plans to have more face time with students.

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