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This train has already left the board meeting station. I was told directly by the superintendent that "These meeting are not designed for the Board to comment or interact with the community".
clj, the comments you attribute to Mr. Stewart are not from him. Not sure why you would assume as much.
The page to which you refer is East Valley Citizens for Accountable Education: http://www.facebook.com/groups/evgetthefacts/
Board member spouse clje chides, "Choice forms are in the district office if your child is so miserable." So the solution is to tell children to leave? No. The solution is to wait until the space and facilities are available to do K8 correctly.
According to the state's latest Financial Health Indicator Model, EV received a "financial warning".Link to WA OSPI: http://www.k12.wa.us/SAFS/default.aspLink to the actual report:http://www.k12.wa.us/SAFS/Misc/FinancialIndicators/Financial_Indicators_Through_FY1112.xlsx
The district is doing "amazing" things. But not in a good way. Lockers, transportation issues, boarded up buildings etc. are not red herrings at all, but symptoms of the main problem, which is embarrassingly poor implementation of K8. Nobody has stated that K8 is a bad model in and of itself. What is bad is trying to implement K8 without the facilities to do it correctly. Good managers would have waited until resources were in place before trying to implement. Now we have students losing contact hours because they are constantly being transferred to other buildings because there isn't enough space in their home building to house their electives and activities. Bottom line: the space we have isn't suited for K8, even if it is a good model. We have space designed for K6. I don't care how many hours the board spent reading budgets (speaking of red herrings), this has been a horrible decision and it needs to be reversed until it can be done correctly. Good leaders would step up and acknowledge as such instead of digging in.
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