Saturday, December 8, 2007

Where Do Spotsylvania Schools Rank in The Nation?

As featured in
US News and World Report
November 29, 2007

"There are more than 18,000 public high schools in the United States. What if you could take a snapshot of each one and capture, at a particular moment, what kinds of students were enrolled there and the caliber of the education provided them? If you were to collect these individual snapshots into one huge national yearbook, which high school would be chosen as "Most Likely to Succeed," meaning that it set the best example of how to prepare students to achieve their post-graduation goals?" READ MORE...


Where does Spotsylvania, VA rank? We don't even make the top 1,800! ...yet we have an out of control spending frenzy on administrative expenses, new multi-million dollar maintenance complex and new headquarters' luxuries that even the top 100 school systems in both richer and poorer counties do not have.

Our kids' education isn't in the top half of our own state in most rankings (some they are), let alone the top 10% of the country!

Still the school board wants more of your money this year. In our current state of, dare I say the word, recession-- they just approved all new hi-end tablet laptops for the school board to have along with a many-million dollar maintenance complex.

Oh, and FIVE new schools in the next five years.... that shouldn't amount to much though, right? ... Just $201,000,000 in capital costs, NOT COUNTING the staff and operating expenses!

How many more $100,000+ salaried headquarters-only workers will be required to manage these 5 new schools?

I may be the first to say, but I won't be the last, "THE SPOTSYLVANIA SCHOOL BOARD, UNDER JERRY HILL'S DICTATOR-LIKE CONTROL AND SPENDING PRACTICES, IS GOING TO BANKRUPT OUR CITIZENS AND COUNTY IN JUST A FEW YEARS IF THE RAMPANT SPENDING ISN'T STOPPED IMMEDIATELY."

Maybe now the school board members can each make a website for themselves with their new tablet PC's. I can think of several dozen parents who can't get a hold of their elected representatives.

Watch the video about how Thomas Edison HS kids learn and are taught, and think about whether you know of 5 Spotsy kids who think and talk like this about education.

It's not the kids' fault. It's marginally not any teacher's fault. It's an administrative and POOR LEADERSHIP problem we have.

1 Comments:

At December 10, 2007 at 2:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe its time we looked at spending less to reverse the trend? I heard the School's superintendent makes over $240,000 per year!!! THAT'S STEALING- it just may be legal is all... who makes his salary? They should be FIRED!! Teachers are starving and these guys are getting RICH off our children's second-rate education and they want MORE???

 

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