Jun 042012

Fake Craigslist post lists Porter Ridge High School as for sale

By Kathryn Burcham
INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. — A fake sales listing on Craigslist shows new concerns about funding issues at Union County Public Schools.

The anonymous poster first listed the ad on Saturday in the “For Sale by Owner,” listing Porter Ridge High School in Indian Trail as a property for sale.
The poster described the school as a “treasure” with a price tag of $30 million, and made several tongue-in-cheek references to things that were wrong with the school, including out-of-date equipment, a sewage smell and broken air conditioning.

The person behind the advertisement also poked fun at school administrators, and chastised Union County commissioners for failing to provide the district with the funding it requested to save 350 teachers and teachers assistants jobs for the 2012-13 school year.

The listing comes just days before the teaching assistants final day on the job on June 8.

“I think parents are just frustrated and don’t know how to get the message out,” said parent Valerie Secker.

Secker is a PTA president of a Union County school and has been advocating with other parents in the funding battle for the past few months.

She said the posting seems funny at first but points to deeper issues.

“There is overcrowding. We’re reaching the point where I just can’t see how we’re going to fit another desk in the classroom,” Secker said.

District officials did not address specific questions about the listing, but sent a statement to Eyewitness News that said, “There is no truth to this Craigslist posting and is obviously some sort of prank. We have reported it to Craigslist for removal.”

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