Re: The RT Thread Part V
Skip the superintendent. If you have a large percentage of parents that are against disolving the magnets schools bombard the board. Call them, write letters, flood email. If they want to keep their board seat and there is a good chunk of parents that state they will vote them out if this happens, you will get their attention.
Originally Posted by Keasmom
But be focused. You can't be bouncing from, gyms, SE coordinators to magnets. If magnets is the focus stay on topic. Don't risk being labeled as hating everything, then there is no pleasing the parents in their eyes.
Agenda. Go online to your school district's policy manual. Under the BOE section there will be a topic under agendas and/or open meetings and address board procedures. It will outline how to address the board. Some have an area for audience participation, not on the agenda others require you to be on the agenda. The policy will state the formal procedure to be placed on the agenda with time frame and manner, like email, registered letter, telephone. If it is formal make sure you do it with a signed receipt, US mail or signed UPS, so they can't say they didn't receive the request.
And in this country, schools will always be segregated by incomes of given areas unless the funding source is changed nationwide. Even then it will likely become even more political than it is because there is no absolute way of determining what construction projects are more pressing than others, whos computers are actually failing more etc. As long as the majority of funds are generated locally to support and draw good teachers and buildings higher income level areas will rule quality of education.
Magnet: Their argument can be redistributing magnet students into existing public schools is financially sound. Less administrators, less buildings out of the operation and maintenance fund. Less capital outlay for books, tech and activities/sports. They can make the argument that it is fiscally responsible for board to consolidate the schools by raising the student to dollars available ratio. Do your homework. Find out how much it costs to operate those magnets for both education and operation of buildings. Also find out if there is adequate space for all the students of magnets to merge into the existing public buildings or if they will need to expanding the existing schools with additions. How many new hires if they close magnets. Me < I strongly support closing all three of our current schools and building one new mega school. (we are not that mega, we are considered a small school district). The funds we would save in duplicate administrators, custodians, operation, duplicate purchases would be responsible immediately. Now Capital wise, it is a major outlay and would take years to hit the break even point.
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