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A Recipe for Disaster

April 5, 2012

The following letter was posted in the Colorado Springs Gazette. 


A recipe for a disaster

District 38 is completing its second year in the experimental reconfiguration of the district; experimental because there are almost no other examples in the U.S. of a single middle school feeding two high schools.

The school board rubber stamped then superintendent Raymond Blanch’s plan to erode the culture of two fine and very distinct middle schools.  

They also chose to unfairly place two relatively inexperienced leaders at the helm for this extremely difficult transition. After a commendable effort, the current principal has decided to resign. 

Middle school can be a very trying time for most adolescents coupled with larger class sizes than ever before at Lewis-Palmer Middle School and an epidemic of bullying on the national level. It is time to bring in a well seasoned and experienced leader with a proven track record for leading a successful middle school. Shockingly, D-38 is posting the principal position for only a two week window, over a time when many schools have their spring breaks and the posting does not even require any experience as a principal. So D-38 could have a totally inexperienced principal answering to an inexperienced superintendent. Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

Stephen Boyd


Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/burned-136209-people-suspended.html#ixzz1rDfgHrrv

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