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My point being, ZO, what does race have to do with this issue?
For what it's worth, I never knew the race of either Dr Carpenter until Zo mentioned it! Just something to think about.
Dr Matthews, would you please address the possibility of nepotism infractions? Does NCSS have policies addressing nepotism in the work place?
Dr Matthews, please address the possibility of nepotism violations and teachers being dismissed at ACHS for what appears to be retaliatory in nature.
Are we forgetting one notable problem here........ Deputy superintendent Carpenter hired, supervises and evaluates his own wife! How is this allowed?
Again, Alcovy High School is not alone in biased leadership! Evaluate every principal in the NCSS and hold them accountable for every decision they make, particularly in regards to teacher dismissals and evaluations. If an administrator is incapable of making fair and consistent judgements, abuses authority and shows any favoritism at all, remove them from their position. I tell you all from an insider's vantage point, Alcovy's leadership problem is only the tip of the iceburg. Dr. Matthew's, talk to and listen to your teachers!
Just from experience with another principal in the county, exit interviews mean nothing to the NCSS. Unfair and false teacher evaluations have been a tool each principal had at their disposal to rid themselves of teachers they did not like. Understand, these were excellent, well qualified and succesful teachers. Assets to our system. On numerous occasions unjustified reviews have been brought to the HR department at NCSS and not once has any reasoning or recourse been offered for those teachers involved. Principals just don't offer renewed contracts to teachers and they don't have to offer any reason for doing so. Alcovy High School is not alone in personnel issues. I agree that dismissed teachers should be interviewed and given justification of their dismissal, but they are not. Sorry to say this, but again from experience, principals seem to be untouchable in this school system. South Salem alone has had nearly 20 teachers request transfers to another school solely based on bad leadership this year. A pattern that has continued each year and carried over from another elementary school led by this principal. Having confronted NCSS HR and the BOE about this, nothing was done then and don't be surprised if nothing is done now. Principals seem to be accountable to no one in this county.
Additonally Bemused, although my children no longer attend Newton County Schools, they no longer occupy class space and require class materials, they no longer eat school meals or occupy their teachers time or the administrators time, they no longer ride county funded school buses or require record keepers at the school offices to maintain their files, they no longer receive any personal benefits of the Newton County School System.......
I still pay my taxes and pay full tuition costs for them to attend a private academy. Why? far too many reasons to list. Those families that can and do take advantage of partial vouchers for private schools also continue to pay their school taxes as well. Since these kid's are no longer attending, why not adjust the numbers to reflect their absence and lower the overall operating costs? That's what we do in the business world. I don't mind paying these taxes as I know it benefits us all, but don't say that a voucher system is robbing from the public school system. You're all together wrong on that!
You are not all together correct in your comment Bemused. My two children attend a private academy and they receive NO vouchers. We pay full tuition costs. Regardless, vouchers used by other families do not cover the entire tuition expenses, only a small percentage. Nonetheless, we have to ask, why are families choosing to put their children into private academies? Don't use the race card, social class division arguments, religion, etc. At the academy my children attend there is equal racial representation and socio-economic division. Ask the parents enrolling their kids, why are you choosing to pay for your childs education as opposed to sending them to free public schools? People are fed up with the politics and red tape of state ran schools, especially in Newton County.
Wake up NCSS. Has any one of you noticed the huge increase in private schools in our county alone? Peachtree Academy, Woodlee's, Covington Academy, Providence, etc.....far too many to list. Ask yourselves why, in this economy, would parents opt out of free public education and instead choose to pay private school tuitions? Shockingly, these private schools are growing in enrollment! Furthermore, some of your best teachers are leaving to teach at these private schools and for less pay! Dr. Matthews, you inherited a HUGE mess that was swept under the rug for far too long. I commend you for your efforts thus far and wish you nothing but success. My hope is that you can rid our system of incapable leaders at the school level and replace them with effective and encouraging principals. Maybe then we can once again attract the best teachers and students back into our school system.
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