Lincoln County High School's recent attempt to implement a federal grant to establish smaller learning communities reflects insensitivity towards parents and a lack of commitment to improving the academic experiences of freshmen.
The heroic efforts of Assistant Superintendent Karen Hatter and counselor Sherrie Tartar allowed parents, teachers and students to develop a plan that seeks to reduce crowding in hallways, increase instruction in core courses, and enhance cooperation among teachers. Unfortunately, a small group of staff members unfairly condemned this plan and pushed for approval of a replacement plan developed by one teacher. During its meeting Monday, a beleaguered smaller learning communities committee approved the replacement plan even though it fails to alleviate crowded hallways, fails to increase time devoted to core courses, and offers only minimal cooperation among teachers.
Apparently the plan is attractive because it doesn't change very much. In other words, the plan doesn't require school staff to evaluate and prioritize their activities and decide where to focus existing resources. On Tuesday, the committee will ask the site-based council to accept the replacement plan. Clearly, the council should reject this plan.