Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ADDENDUM BOE MEETING

In my haste to post today I forgot to report that  the last "Public commentator" gave a most powerful defense against the charges of  gang activities and other unsafe conditions at Hubbard Middle School where she has served as  a teacher for  over 40 years.

She attributed the "safe" conditions and discipline  within that school  to the strong leadership  of its Principal plus enforcement of a "dress code".  As usual for outsiders Guilt by association is the norm. Such a positive report by an insider should be the basis of PR and reinforced by positive action by the  BOE and system. Perhaps then the enrollment in  that middle school would not be dropping. Its educational failures may not be intrinsic to the building itself but as a result of the foundation created in the  K-5  basis.

The Cook school crisis once again seems to be the result of inherited poor planning by a previous administration who disregarded  capacity projections. The Cook school K-8 project was doomed before it started without spacial relief at the K-5 level. Once again the BOE apparently had failed to do its homework before approval.

It has been called to my attention that  I wrongly identified the High School student's poorly attended play as the " Deputy" when it was  the  "Doubt". . I know little about this production except it too has to do with questions  of  individual and/or group persecution through focused prejudices in the "Church" .

"Doubt" too has a message that seems to  have not been understood by some members of the audience. I would also still recommend the "Deputy" to anyone with an open mind.

Anyone who is a regular reader of this blog will know that I readily admit that I am not infallible and do apologize for errors. I have yet to have found one instance of humility in the writings of a certain community leader.

7 comments:

  1. Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. Jane Austen

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  2. If the Hubbard "dress code" is the same as that of the high school, then it's not a real dress code. I pass the high school every day and can see plainly that khakis and any shirt are not a dress code. I've had high school students in my building tell me that many don't follow the dress code and there are no reprecussions for ignoring this poor excuse for a dress code. We are truly failing our kids in so many ways.

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  3. One of the ways we are failing our kids is with comments like yours. You can easily go to Hubbard and see for yourself what the "dress code" looks like and write about that. Instead, you prefer to talk about what is NOT getting done. Imagine that, middle school students dressed in uniform. Seems to me they would transition well into a high school who has the same dress code requirement.

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  4. olddoc,

    How is it that you ASSUME the PREVIOUS administration failed to plan for the Cook situation and the past BOE failed in approving it?

    Is is because the CURRENT
    administration and NEW BOE majority said so?

    Are you biased, serious, naive, or blind to the fact that they had over a year since the past administration has been gone to deal with this.

    You have administrators not being evaluated, enrollment dropping, layoffs taking place because they rehired everyone back that the PAST administration reduced knowing there wasnt going to be enough money and you give them a pass?

    There was a plan for Cook from the PAST administration. They either dont have it, cant follow it, and cant create one on their own.

    Read Marias post today. A direct question regarding the Cook matter and plans simply went unanswered.

    So Doc, is it so because they say it is so?

    Your bias against Gallon continues to shine through.


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  5. Anon 11:49 No I am not blind,naive or biased. The plan was originated before the unexpected change in administration. It was predicated for enlargement of Cook School which was never started, but no BOE/PSS corrective action in succeeding boards took place.

    Gallon has nothing to do with the present situation and it could have been handled last year, or alternate plans made before 2010-11 school year began rather than force parents and students to face something at the last moment. No one considers the psychological effect on impressionable children.

    Until acceptable reformation of the middle schools where needed is accomplished I believe that K-8 is the better plan but we need facilities besides Clinton and Gederbrookto implement it. Can the new Emerson handle it?
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  6. "The Cook school crisis once again seems to be the result of inherited poor planning by a previous administration who disregarded capacity projections."

    Doc, these are your words.

    Anyway,I am glad to see you say that Gallon had nothing to do with the present situation. But your comment suggests otherwise.

    I am also glad to hear you give him credit for the K-8 concept. The concept was not flawed or poorly planned. The leadership change which obviously left a vaccum has left this district in shambles and the K-* model at Cook in jeopardy.

    The financial picture was foreseen by Gallon and he prepared to reduce staff LAST year. The NEW BOE majority and interim REHIRED everyone back soon as Gallon left.

    Did they not get the memo that stimulus money was just that---stimulus and temporary?

    It is clear that this administration has had well over a year to deal with the Cook situation. Gallon had a plan for Cook and had already met with parents in 2009. Where is that plan?

    At least we agree that letting parents know at the last minute is terrible and unacceptable.

    Where is the accountability?

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  7. Anon 11:49/7:51 Yes those are my words taken out of context The significant parts are in the final sentence. Blame was not on Gallon although I have no knowledge of his relationship with the BOE.

    "The Cook school crisis once again seems to be the result of inherited poor planning by a previous administration who disregarded capacity projections. The Cook school K-8 project was doomed before it started without spacial relief at the K-5 level. Once again the BOE apparently had failed to do its homework before approval".


    Nor do I have access to whatever the planning documents were. I can only interpolate from results, and at the Cook School it is a disaster that should have been avoided or at least corrected by administration and Board after Gallon was relieved of office.

    The new power group is now in a reinforced second year. We must wait to see what direction they are taking. I hope that they will be receptive to honest criticism.

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