Sutherland for Schools blog
Thanks to UEA for keeping at the climate survey. Here are some of the results:
The 2018-10 staffing ratios are on the information page now. They are the top item.
Palazzolo's effort to quash net another of FWISD's appeals goes to court on Jan 15. (if I am reading this correctly) The CIA blog posted it again before the board heard it.
There were parents at the board meeting . . . and after . . . who are upset at the district. Here is what one wrote about our $15K bonus and 5-year contract:
One of you challenged my $100,000 cost of Palazzolo legal fees, so I checked. Yes, reader, you are correct. they are $422,557 . . . as of July 1 2012.
It isn't easy managing a 1000-student middle school with a 96% minority enrollment, especially when the district mandates an 8-period day, which means kids are in the halls 9 times, and "grades" the administration based on keeping office referrals and suspensions as low as possible.
Regular readers of this column will remember that the superintendent and cabinet took $30 million in services and staff away from the principals and have moved control over it into the central office. Part of this involved in stripping our secondary schools of nearly 250 teachers over the last two years.* Please note that existing plans involve taking another 100 core teachers over each of the next 3 years.
It will be worth your wait.
Parents and teachers often wonder what to do about assaults at our schools. It helps when a video is sent forward This morning I received a video of boys fighting in the restroom. I have asked for action on these matters but I have not received any specific feedback.
We already know that this year, the district instituted an 8-period day, reducing class time from 55 to 45 minutes. In middle schools, after discounting 5 minutes for the class to settle in and take roll, this already amounts to a reduction of 20% of last year's time (10/50).
Thanks to the Dr. Washington and her staff and the high school personnel--all of them--who carefully went one by one through the list of students eligible to vote and registered so many of them. We have 1,518 students of voting age and 878, 58%, have registered to vote. When one considers that an unknown number of the remaining 42% are not citizens, the percentage rises.
I don't know if it's worse that the board voted 6-1 for giving attorneys nearly $1 million in general fund dollars to "sell" a bunch of "underused properties" or whether the money would buy fifteen sorely needed teachers, mostly I believe should be for our middle schools. I plan to post the list of "underutilized properties" at the information page of this blog shortly.
We had a particularly ugly scene at Wedgwood Middle School last week, reportedly only the latest of a fairly large number of student disturbances. Two students got into a fight and in the middle of it, one hit the principal.
I'm getting tired of having administrators assert that class size doesn't matter. I received this from a teacher this weekend: