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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Superintendent Beverly Emory is spending her first summer in Forsyth County meeting with parents, teachers and students.

Tuesday night started the first of 20 small community meetings for Emory to hear what's working, what's not and what people think her top priorities should be.

"Some middle schools have so much--They have great teachers, they have lots of resources, including technology and there is other schools in this county that don't have anything at all," said parent Allison Coords, one of many who shared concerns of unbalanced resources between middle schools.

"It kind of validates you when you hear from several different corners," said parent Fred Patterson. Patterson says the unbalance of resources across the system needs to be addressed. "It's an age old thing but it is something that is very evident in this district and we need to do something about that and make sure all the kids have the same opportunities."

Parents and students want resources and programs like STEM, which encourages middle school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, to be available for all.

"I just came out of middle school and I thought having the STEM program was really helpful as long as you have the right teachers to do it," said rising Reagan High School freshman Siobhan Dunigan. "I think we should diffidently see those [programs] in other schools."

Parents also shared concerns with classroom size and teacher pay.