Sutherland for Schools blog
See the information tab for the agenda.
Schools receive a lot of federal Title I money and also some state funds to address the needs of low-achieving students. The total for our schools is 22 million. The data is on the information tab of this website www.sutherlandforschools.org/data.html
We need to take action where student behavior is persistently unacceptable. One period "suspensions" and office referrals are sometimes not enough. As a consequence, student conduct is continuing to deteriorate.
Readers, I am actually very excited about our new superintendent. Not only is he obviously strong in several vital areas but the board is working together. This is a very big deal.
I received this thought-provoking post from a reader. Teachers, what do you think of this? The idea that we should all work together is an extension of the "wrap around" services current today.
Is anyone looking at the reasons given by those leaving the district on the resignation form? If there was only one problem you could vocalize my vote would be the separation of departments. No one talks or they are so busy justifying their positions/departments that they refuse to work together. Reading and Social studies or even science could easily be put together in thematic units or even arranged to support one another in the curriculum. We all complain about not having enough teaching time and this is one simple way to make better use of our limited time. Bilingual education is completely on its own as are special education and advanced academics. These groups should work together to develop a cohesive curriculum instead of competing against one another. They often contradict each other and it undermines the integrity of those leading the various departments.
The board book and agenda are on the "information" tab. It will be a short meeting--finalizing the contract with Dr. Scribner is there, plus a short Pre-K presentation and awarding the CMAR contract (that's the management of the project) for the STEM and VAPAC projects.
I was wrong about the number of teacher retirements in an earlier post; it was just 583 this year. We hired 800 new teachers because of the new Pre-K classes.
Thanks to Chief Monge for this information.
Listed below you will find information about the number of resignations/retirements that were needed to be filled by 8/24:
· Teachers 583
· Other Professionals 114
· Auxiliary Staff 203
In addition to the above we added 139 teachers and 26 auxiliary staff due to Universal PK, program growth and projected enrollment. We ended up needing over 800 teachers when you add in teachers moving internally due to promotions.
Listed below you will find the number of teacher substitutes that were needed for the past three days:
· 8/24 110 teacher substitutes needed (58 teacher absences)
· 8/25 130 teacher substitutes needed (72 teacher absences)
· 8/26 139 teacher substitutes needed (80 teacher absences)
The above total number includes teacher absences, vacancies and extra help request from principals. Many schools call in substitutes as extra help during the opening of the school year.
The agenda for 9/1 has no regular session, which means there will be no decisions and no public comment. We meet again on Sept. 8th.
Thanks to Paschal parent for this question. Sophomores and freshmen are allowed to leave campus only with written parent permission. Board policy directs school administrators to punish violators. Here is board policy FEE (local):
Students in grades 11–12 may be accorded the privilege of leaving campus during the lunch period subject to rules and regulations developed by the principal and management team at each campus and with parental consent.
Students in prekindergarten–grade 10 may go home during the lunch period if they have on file at the principal’s office a signed parental request that they be released for lunch; students must be picked up at the school by the parent or guardian. A parent or guardian who wishes to pick up a student for the lunch period shall first secure the principal’s approval. A parent must sign the student out each day and return the student to campus on time.
Students who violate this policy or leave campus at any time without administrative approval shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
The agenda and board book are at the "information" tab.
I received this comment:
I went to a substitute hiring this week and I thought I was joining a concentration camp. Really who runs HR? I wanted to work for your district but now I am going elsewhere. The people taking my forms were rude. Reading these comments, I don't want my kids at FWISD. Hearing about the discipline problems at FWISD makes me anxious for my kids.
We have too many truant students, defined as absent without a legal reason. Last year, nearly 12,000 students were truant for ten or more days.
I am excited about our superintendent choice; some people told us it would be hard to find a top-notch candidate but they were wrong. We interviewed seven candidates, all strong, and picked three finalists. After interviewing two of them (one dropped out), Dr. Scribner was our unanimous choice.