The monthly Board Business meeting opened with the recognition of RCSD Scholar Athletes and recipients of the Alberta Moss Scholarship Fund.
In his superintendent’s report, Dr. Vargas noted that 10,000 students have enrolled in summer school. Though exact figures were not given, Dr. Vargas also reported that there were many students who failed to take the Regent’s exam. 540 students enrolled in the All City High summer program.
Candice Lucas, President of the RCSD Parent Advisory Council reported that elections will be held today for 2012-2013 council positions. Ms. Lucas also reported the concerns of parents which included the erroneous report that only 12 schools were out of School Based Planning Team compliance when in fact more than 27 schools are currently out of compliance. Parents are concerned with the concept of extended learning days when there is no information regarding the effective use of time in the classroom for the regular school day. Finally, parents are concerned with the unwelcoming environment of schools towards parents.
The superintendent’s contract was settled for $195,000 for four years with benefits.
Board Resolution 862, which resolved that the Board approve the Superintendent’s recommendation to implement the K-8 grade reconfiguration at Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School, was challenged by Commissioners Powell and Adams who argued that the conversion was not only inefficient since this school was specifically designed for older students, but a financial drain on district resources to do so. As well, it was noted that there were already three elementary schools in the neighborhood, #2, #4, and #29. Commissioner Adams added to Commissioner Powell’s statements saying that as a resident of that community, members of the neighborhood do not want the K-8 model for Wilson Magnet.
Unfortunately, Commissioner White’s counter argument that the Board supported the plan and whether it was a good idea or not they should remain constant in their decision, found favor with Commissioner’s Campos, Cruz, Elliott, and Evans, and the resolution was passed.
It is this type of inefficient, ineffective, and incompetent leadership that must be challenged before our children can hope to receive successful education in our district.
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