It was hoped, that by dividing into the sub-committees from 3:30-4:00, at least some issues could be identified, and potential solutions explored. For the first time, in that half hour, staffing, explorer/enrichment, facilities, and curriculum sub-committees formed around the library tables, and explored options to facilitate the transition.
The spirited groups, of 3-5 people, including educators, administrators, and a few parents began to examine what would be needed to split one school into two.
The curriculum team, presenting their report, believed that common textbooks were a major goal between levels of the different schools. With books due to be purchased in May, the need to have a united curriculum and course material between grades, and indeed, between schools, was quickly identified.
Some of the most heated discussion came from the team assigned to examine the role and plan to utilize enrichment and explorer teachers. Some feel that teaching students every 7 school days was too long of an interval, while others hoped for more time in the classroom.
One of the most unpopular considerations was presented by the staffing team. It proposed assigning 7 teachers to all grade levels, but the 5th, which would be given 6. This was in line with the Trigg County School Board’s current staff allocation. Criticism came from several teachers on the floor that felt, as an accountability year, the 5th grade demanded maximum staffing allocation. Thereby ensuring the most attention to each student as possible, to meet state mandated goals.
“We will examine this, and if the (site based) council feels the need, and is willing, a teacher could be converted from another grade to the 5th,” Sumner offered, adding that minds were open to all options.
Perhaps the most progress was made by the sub-committee assigned to examine the use of facilities and spacing. Though final staffing allocations, including special education had not been agreed upon, the sub-committee worked on the existing faculty, and what had been agreed upon by the board of education. With a map of the school, each grade and department were assigned classrooms near to one another, as well as school facilities needed by students.
For the rest of this story, please see this week's edition of The Cadiz Record.