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I never felt good about the new grade configurations in the first place. Now the complete unknown about it is starting to come to the surface. There is so much going wrong in our school system right now, it's just bitter icing on the cake to even think about the music programs suffering. Is there really anything concerned parents can do about this? I feel really bad for all the families that chose Maryville as their home based on the school system as it was a few years ago.
The plain truth is that Maryville needs four elementary schools to continue the level of education we have come to expect. Our School Board is trying to turn the focus of our current dilema to "the Ft. Craig issue" so that we don't notice the rest of the mess they are about to create. There is no longer a need to move the 4th graders out of the elementary schools. We've spent ao long talking about the schools being overcrowded that the "bubble" of kids is currently in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades. The idea of having 4th-7th grade in one school is ridiculous and needs to be reconsidered. The School Board needs to fix the problem where the problem exists....in the High School. The current plan will require major changes ifn every school in this city and create undue transitions for the kids.
in response to POLITICALLYNEUTRAL
"The scores should be a lot better since the student population is hand picked! I would put FHE up against any school for overall education. I hate that the elitist have to give up their own little world of a school but the schools have to tighten the belt like everyone else...."
First of all, I am a Ft. Craig parent and I take great offense at being called an elitist. My husband and I work for a living as does every family in that school. Does that make us elitist? If you have a question about how the lottery at Ft. Craig is handled, then ask Stephanie Thompson about it. The drawing has always been done at Central Office by the Director of Schools. Are you accusing her of handling is unfairly? I have no doubt that is is done fairly becuase I have had friends that would have been a great addition to the school who didn't get in. It breaks my heart when someone who wants to come to Ft. Craig doesn't get the opportunity and I know for a fact that it sincerely bothers the teachers too. We have wished for a bigger facility for years. I can honestly say that I didn't know about any scores when I chose this school for my daughter in 2005. We went to the Parent Information Meeting and we felt it would be a great fit for her, so we signed up....simple as that. I have NEVER said that Ft. Craig is better than any other school and I have NEVER heard anyone at Ft. Craig say that. The only people who say that are people like you who are determined to keep the animosity between the schools alive and well.We are one city...we are one school system...we are supposed to be on the same team and work toward the same goal. There is no reason that Ft. Craig can't be a part of that without all of the negativity that goes with it....
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