Recently headlines on local news outlets have been: Walton Middle School Students Drunk on School Bus, or Students Attack Administrator at Local Middle School.
News, yes. But not new. Five years ago headlines were: Loaded Hand Gun on School Bus and Loaded Hand Gun in Local Middle School.
There is so much that doesn’t make the news.
No one covers the dress code violations. It is OK in some Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) to let your butt cheeks hang out of your booty shorts. Media must be aware that drugs and drinking on buses and in schools are regular ACPS events. That doesn’t make the news either.
Students at Walton Middle School regularly and repeatedly have been caught violating rules. Now the school administration has failed so badly that students are having sexual relations on school property during the school day with impunity. When they should be in class they are in each others’ pants.
ACPS Administration Fails Local Students And Parents: that should be the headline on local news.
The schools have been out of control for a long time.
The current principal at one elementary school used to have parents watch classrooms alone, without supervision, without background checks, while he held meetings with teachers in the school library.
No one cares at ACPS.
The high school athletic departments signed contracts illegally and have never accounted for thousands of dollars of missing money.
No one cares at ACPS.
The computers used by our school students were virus-infected so badly that many were unusable. The usable ones were distributing malware into the homes of students. This was all shown, with proof provided by the Department of Homeland Security, to the ACPS Central Office technology department.
No one cares at ACPS.
The Albemarle County Public Schools don’t care. They follow the Chris Dumler model. We will do what ever we want. Rules do not apply to us. We are above you, we are better than you and will not listen to you.
THIS ENDS NOW. Walton Middle School Parents and Students are going to lead the way.
The Parents and Students of Walton Middle School have called a meeting tonight, 6pm May 7th at the school, to force the schools to address their failures.
It was the Parents and Students who demanded this meeting happen. No one from the schools gave a hoot until they saw their backs were against the wall. In typical fashion the school administration is trying to spin their way out of another failure in the system.
This email arrived at 5:01 pm on Monday, May 6th.
From: “WALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: May 6, 2013, 5:01:02 PM EDT
Subject: School Improvement Meeting
A message from WALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
We will hold our quarterly school improvement meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 6-7:00PM at Walton Middle School. This meeting will review school climate data and begin the improvement planning process for next year. We are also in the process of soliciting any parents who might wish to participate on our school improvement team for next year. The team meets quarterly after during the school year. Please feel free to contact Alison Dwier-Selden at school if you might be interested.
Thank you and have a good evening.
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They can pretend this is a regularly scheduled meeting; it is not.
The community will not tolerate the ignoring of the rules any longer in our schools.
When police are called to a school for ANY reason, parents must be informed as to what is happening and what is being done.
No longer will any student be allowed to attack another student, any teacher or any administrator.
No longer will any school teacher, director or administrator be allowed to make up special rules for their school without first obtaining school board approval. And, they will not be allowed to ignore any rule that the school board has approved.
The community is speaking out. Albemarle County Public Schools’ Central Office had better listen.
No longer will drugs, drinking, guns, and sexual relations be tolerated in our school buildings or on our school buses. Period.