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Mark Kulda January 27, 2014 at 02:08 pm
Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe there have already been three cold days so far andRead More today's is the fourth day. There was the one the governor called off and then there was a back-to-back closure. Today's if the fourth day. I think :)
From Osseo Area Schools.
anonymous January 23, 2014 at 01:58 pm
The answer is pretty simple. Fair Oaks was a "failed" school based on the NCLB rules, andRead More got to a point where the school district had to do something to "fix" the school, or be faced with it being taken over by the state. Their solution was the campus school model where the 4th-6th grade kids would get bused to a school with higher test scores, hoping that this would magically result in the kids from FO to get higher test scores. There was very little thought put into the logistics of bringing kids together from 3 different schools. The teachers were just told to figure it out on their own. Many teachers left for other schools and a number of families open enrolled their kids to the Weaver STEM, Wayzata, Basswood, etc.... Moving OV back to the pre-campus model is a very good decision. It's too bad that it took 6 years to figure this out.
Concerned Parent January 23, 2014 at 07:00 pm
I agree with all of you, but once again they are making the lives of this area difficult. It wasn'tRead More our fault that we had to move our kids to a school away from our neighborhood school. We would have rather kept them there, but the environment and enrichment was not there. Cedar Island yes, Oak View no. It will be better and I support the change, However just because someone made an oops and forgot to stop letting kids into another school doesn't make it just an easy decision. It is a unique situation and they have only come up with 2 options. 1-Move a boundary or 2-move the open enrolled kids. There are other options and the board wanted to hear them however, the district officials just gave them 2. They just said they won't work or there isn't time. There is no long term planning in this district and they are messing with too many families. Basswood has been full for a while but they opened enrolled at least 20+ kids this year. There are other full schools too but they hesitated to mention them at the meeting because of all of this. What a mess.
Mikhail Dzhon January 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm
Superintendent Mcguire's (and her Administration) handling of this issue has been secretive andRead More non-transparent from the beginning. Many people have begun to question her judgement and executive abilities. Wither her relationship with many parents now destroyed, her ability to lead this District is now in jeopardy.
Kristen Peek January 21, 2014 at 11:50 am
Also when there is overcrowding you move boundary lines. This happens in growing communities. ThisRead More means kids can be slated for another school. Even if the parents are upset about it. Fact: Growing communities have to change school boundaries.... Some open enrolled kids are there for certain reasons not always based on test scores. My child was open enrolled for several years at Rice Lake due to where my childcare was that I could AFFORD! Basswood parents need to look at the whole picture...be we are the "me me me" generation... ugh
Mark Kulda January 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm
So you are saying that open enrolled kids should have more right to go to whatever school theirRead More parent desires even if that means displacing kids who live near the school and go there because of geography?
Mikhail Dzhon January 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm
That is what she seems to be implying. Sounds a lot like ME ME ME.
Oak View Elementary
Mikhail Dzhon January 17, 2014 at 05:29 pm
Marty, before we change boundaries, how about the kids that currently live in the existing OVRead More boundaries and open enroll at BW be transferred back to OV? Let them be the first to support their new school. And any other students who open enrolled from other D279 schools and other districts would also have to leave Basswood before any current BW residents. That solution would pretty much eliminate the need to move Census Area 284 to OV. Why wasn't this even a consideration?
Adam Benjamin January 19, 2014 at 08:51 pm
Marty - as a parent in Census 284, I agree with the sentiment and appreciate the welcome. For theRead More proposed adjustments to be successful, lots of goodwill will be needed as a whole new culture and community is built at OV. I think the immediate need and concern for us (284) is coming to grips with the proposal to move to OV, how they came to this proposal as their only option, and the the manner in which this was communicated and handled. We are fighting hard to make this a public debate and encourage the district to develop and share with all of us their long term vision and plan. Hopefully, this spirited debate will help make 279 better.
Matt January 15, 2014 at 01:04 pm
This is a chance for the school board to get the entire district back on track and look at some longRead More range planning instead of shuffling kids around for a 1 year fix. Let's all pause for a second, review all alternatives and options, and then make the best informed decision as representatives of District 279 now and for the next 5 to 10 years.
Lee January 15, 2014 at 08:04 pm
Matt - part of the issue is that we don't have time to pause. It seems that the board already madeRead More its decision based on the reaction thus far, and the fact that there is a scant two weeks between the public meetings and the final vote.
Mikhail Dzhon January 18, 2014 at 12:31 am
The superintendent is trying to ram her liberal agenda down our throats, and the board is followingRead More her lead. It is time for Dr. Mcguire to find a new job.
Basswood Elementary.
Laura January 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm
Mark Kulda- I just wanted to comment that you are partially correct when you say the 2008 parentRead More group only got 1 member on the Board. You are correct that Dean Henke was the only one elected in 2008, from the Dist279United group. However, the following year, one of the founding members and the treasurer of that parent group were elected onto the School Board. Therefore, 3 members of the Dist279United Parent Group, are current members of the 6 member Board.
dan January 15, 2014 at 10:54 pm
I'm confused. Basswood is overcrowd and they need to move some kids to other schools. If censusRead More area 284 gets their way and they are left in Basswood, who moves and where do they go? Why is this area more important than any other area in Basswood? This area is between areas that now go to Oakview. Seems like a no brainer to move this area.
Lee January 16, 2014 at 08:45 am
Dan - I dont' pretend to have all (or any!) of the answers, but among the suggestions I have heardRead More were to a) expand Basswood, either temporarily (via trailers) or permanently; b) stop open enrolling kids and let the kids who live in the district stay in their school, perhaps shifting those kids to their regular schools (or perhaps simply refusing future open enrollees would be enough); c) find temporary solutions to the overcrowding for the time being until the grade reconfigurations work themselves out (which should result in fewer kids in Basswood as 6th grade moves to the Jr. High.); or d) build or acquire additional school space in the areas that are growing and feeding into Basswood (west of Vicksburg/Fish Lake Road, etc.) I have no idea if they would work, or if they are affordable, but it does not appear they were considered. Perhaps I'm wrong.
Oak View Elementary
Nick J January 13, 2014 at 03:46 pm
On the surface this looks great, but apply a little logic and some pretty big questions come up. 1.Read More Why Chromebooks. I work in IT and no self-respecting IT person in any company would put a Chromebook into production use. Why? Security flaws. Required internet connection. Why? So Google can track the users. Remember, Google is an advertising company above all else. Nothing wrong with this, but they make their $$ selling ads. To maximize this they monitor the Chromebook users every move. Not something I want with my kids. 2. Why iPads? Generally these are nice consumer tablets, and can work in controlled environments in a school. However, letting kids take them home could be a bad idea. Case in point, the Los Angeles county schools. They gave kids iPads to use at home that were "secure". That lasted about 2 days. The kids worked past the security and were using the iPads for whatever they wanted to. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/10/ipads-in-los-angeles-schools-program-come-to-a-screeching-halt/ I 100% support teaching kids technology, but our schools need better funded and trained IT admins who make sound decisions.
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