26 April 2005

Hurdle #1

Yesterday was the first "test" of the science scope and sequence Recommendations. Some of us from the group met with the principals of the junior high schools in the district. Originally, we were going to present to all of the principals---as there will be some minor changes to all schools---but it is the junior highs who will have the biggest changes to make.

I had a hard time telling how the meeting went. Principals tend to play their cards pretty close to the vest, and with good reason. They have a lot of different interests to consider. They're the ones who will bear the brunt of any criticism from staff, parents, and students.

Any concerns that were raised were things we had anticipated. There are some serious issues concerning appropriate facilities at two schools. These same schools will also have the greatest loss of teachers from elective areas. Some of these problems can be overcome (with money). Others may solve themselves due to teacher retirements or teachers with multiple certifications who can be shifted into new positions. But there will definitely be wailing and gnashing of teeth along the way. I don't like that. I'm not one of these people who thrives on conflict. It would be nice if change gave everyone a real Kumbayah kind of reaction, but that's not how the world works.

The Boss Lady, however, nicely told the principals that these Recommendations would be put in place. And whatever grief it causes their schools we will help address, but the goal will remain the same. She asked them what their needs were, what sort of timeline they would like, and offered support in talking with staff. (On a side note, I'm real excited about the prospect of going to the junior high where my ex works---as an electives area teacher---and talking about possible decreases to their jobs.)

Overall, I think the discussion went well. It's just going to take some time for the process to happen and the picture become more clear. In the meantime, I'm hoping the Boss Lady has room in the budget for some chain mail lingerie for me. I think I may need it.

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