Our View: For ECSU, growth must follow painful loss

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Although we fully agree with the decision and understand why it was made, no one can be happy with Elizabeth City State University’s announcement last week that it is laying off 34 employees before the start of the next fiscal year on July 1.

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Student Loss Highlights Pop'n Gain

In an article on March 27th, we were informed that "Pasquotank County’s population dropped the most, by — 680 — going from 40,661 in 2010 to 39,981 in 2013." It went on to say that "the city has lost 18,683 to 18,478 from 2010 to 2012", or 205 residents.

In this article we learn that enrollment at ECSU has fallen from a high of 3,300 in 2010 to 2,087 this year, a decrease of more than 1,200 students, 1213 to be exact.

What this means is that since 2010 we have seen an influx of 533 new, non-student residents into the county and nearly 1000 persons have moved into the city. That is good news and directly contradicts those naysayers who look only at the final number and blame our high electric rate for a "declining" population.

I hope that in the future the Daily Advance will look at the whole picture,do a little research and calculating, and provide us the complete story about our population changes.

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