Some parents upset about recent redistricting changes
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Earlier this week the New Hanover County School Board voted to do away with some controversial redistricting proposals. Bussing kids to schools across town is no longer a viable option. The redistricting plan now being discussed is based on the philosophy of neighborhood schools, but not everyone is thrilled about this option. The principal of Sunset Park Elementary School said the school board promised to hold three public forums to discuss three redistricting maps, and that it is not fair to remove two options before all the forums have been held and all voices have had a chance to be heard. Elizabeth Kruczkowski's daughter is in kindergarten at Sunset Park Elementary School. She wanted to voice her opinion on the redistricting maps at the last two public forums, but didn't have transportation to get there. "I don't feel that we're being given a choice. Truly I think that because a lot of lower income families can't get out and can't go to these places, that we're just being told what to do," Kruczkowski said. She was hoping to discuss three plans at the third and final forum in downtown Wilmington where she lives. Now that those two maps are out of the question, she won't have the chance, and that is something the district PTA president disagrees with. "It's my job and duty to uphold the motto one child one voice, and I feel that by taking options off of the table before every parent has had their chance to put their opinion in, then we're really not going by that motto,” said Stephanie Kraybill of the NHC Council of PTA’s. 89 % of Sunset Park's students are on free or reduced lunch, and last year the school did not reach its adequate yearly targets. Principal of Sunset Park Diane Bell said, "We love the students we have they're doing all they can to improve their test scores teachers are working as hard as they can." Principal Bell said the 2 maps that were voted down may have benefited her school. "There could have been higher socio-economics. I believe that was the goal at one time with 5 and 6 and there could have been an increase in test scores. There could have been an increase in parental involvement." And better test scores could have meant more money for teachers and a higher morale. Even though there's only one redistricting plan left, Kruczkowski said she will find a way to get to the next public forum so she can talk about what's best for her daughter. "If you want a voice you have to go and you have to be there and you have to say how you feel about it." The final redistricting map will be discussed at a public forum on October 21st at 6:30 p.m. at Freeman School of Engineering in downtown Wilmington.

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She was hoping to discuss three plans at the third and final forum in downtown Wilmington where she lives. GO TO THE FORUM! 89 % of Sunset Park's students are on free or reduced lunch, and last year the school did not reach its adequate yearly targets. Principal of Sunset Park Diane Bell said, "We love the students we have they're doing all they can to improve their test scores teachers are working as hard as they can." WHAT DOES FREE LUNCH HAVE TO DO WITH TEACHING? "There could have been higher socio-economics. I believe that was the goal at one time with 5 and 6 and there could have been an increase in test scores. There could have been an increase in parental involvement." SO YOU WANT TO INCREASE TEST SCORES BY SHIPPING KIDS INTO THE SCHOOL? STRANGE! WHO COMES UP WITH THESE IDEAS?
NOW I AM ROYALLY TICKED OFF! I quote: "I believe that was the goal at one time with 5 and 6 and there could have been an increase in test scores. There could have been an increase in parental involvement." SO...you want to PUNISH A CHILD because of who they and their parents are so that you can BYPASS the learning process for children that are lagging behind to increase TEST SCORES OVERALL for your schools benefit? You also want to do this for increased parental involvement. I fail to see the ONE THING that you are missing here....HELPING THOSE STUDENTS ENROLLED IN YOUR SCHOOL INCREASE THEIR OWN TEST SCORES...HELPING THOSE KIDS BETTER THEMSELVES instead of DEPENDING on someone ELSE to give them a hand out. THE TRUTH now comes out...it's ALL ABOUT bringing in other children to increase the overall scores of the school...this is sad...and now I truly feel saddened for these kids...their own SCHOOL has no faith that they can do well on their own, children that are "better" must be bussed in to keep their heads above water...TRULY SAD when a faculty blames other individuals on the FAILURES of the students, parents and FACULTY instead of where the blame REALLY LIES...WITHIN! I am both saddened and angered by that quote...the fact that they would give up on their students learning and the fact that they are willing to punish other children for their own failures....truly a sad day in NHC.
This is what the plan was about all along to save face, save jobs and save funding . What gets me is the line about more parental involvement. You expcet busing kids around will increase parental involvement? So now my child's school is 20 minutes further away, thus an hour of my time volunteering is really almost 2 hrs . Not to mention the $5 in gas for the roundtrip. And the parents who kids got shipped across town to the "better" schools , some may have trouble with that commute and time commitment. How about the parents that are complaining, go after the other parents that are not helping out , why are they not having schools share teachers , by rotating teachers to increase diversity and teaching styles. Why not zero in on what is working at School "A" and implement at School "B". The children may very well be doing all they can to improve thier scores , are the teachers,staff and board of education doing everything they can ? I am not trying to attack teachers or suggest that they are forced to work somewhere they do not want to work. I just think a teacher that is teaching for all the right reasons would be thrilled to accept a challenge. To rotate to the poor performing schools to make a difference and an impact on these kids lifes. I agreee every school should be on pace with one another if possible , but busing kids around is not the answer and should have never been an option in the first place.
I should run for BOE next round...cause...I GET IT! It really isn't that hard!
Yep, they don't want to fix the problem schools, they want to level everything out and go for an average. Move some poor students to schools that do well and move some exceptional students to the poor performing schools to get a crappy middle. Here is a thought, take what the high performing schools are doing and implement it in the poor performing schools. I guess the board still haven't figured out that people look to see what schools their children will go to before they buy a house. Quit moving children and make a

YEAR ROUND MIDDLE SCHOOL!!!!

It's not just the students, or educational program that they are in that determines how "good" they are. It's parent involvement. If a parent is involved in their child's education the child will always succeed. Unfortunately this day and age parents are leaving the raising of their children to the school systems. I know all of my child's grades as soon as he gets them because I ask. I stay involved with his school and always will. He has struggled as most students do, but I was able to see that and get him help. Parents, please get involved with your students. Be in their school life as well as their personal life and help raise them the way they ought to be. We as a nation, need to stop depending on other people to raise our kids and step up and do it ourselves. If the failing schools had as much parent participation as the exceptional schools they would not be failing.
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I totally agree with neighborhood based schools. We as a community can no longer afford to bus students to and from schools that are way out of the child's home location. I myself can barely afford to feed my children each day much less pay more taxes for buses to drive children further and further from their homes to attend schools for socio-economic reasons!
Amy, I agree with you. Some parents can not see well enough to get license in order to take themselves and there children any where. They have to rely on the school buses in order for their child/children to attend school. Every one is complaining about the gas prices and how much it is costing them in order to just go back and forth to work each week. No extra gas to have family outings. But yet, the board of education is wanting to, ship children across town to attend a school. Wasting more gas than we should be or have to be. My daughter is in high school, I am one of those ones that can not see well enough to get license’s. I am legally blind. My daughter is picked up each and every morning right around 7:50 a.m. Last year she was attending the same school, as she is this year. She was late almost every morning for her first period block class. Which the bus did not arrive in the mornings last year till around 8:00-8:30 a.m. Which school starts at 8:30. We live right here off of Carolina Beach Road and Shipyard Blvd. Behind the Rose’s and Rite Aid store. She is ordered to go to New Hanover High School. Where John T. Hoggard High School is just right up Shipyard Blvd from our home. If there was an emergency at her school. Where I needed to get to her quickly. John T. Hoggard, would be easier and better/closer for me to get too. I could get a ride a lot quicker, to get to Hoggard, than what I can to get and arrive at New Hanover. If it came down to it. I could walk to Hoggard. I have already once before. Which I can not walk to New Hanover. I probably could. But, it would take me a heck of a lot longer. All the money that is donated to the PTA, all the money that our state education lottery brings in and Our tax money we pay in. Is being spent on this high price gas. Just to be wasted in traveling our children across town in order to go to school. I really do not under stand why waste money such as this. When we could take that wasted money and raise the teachers salary. This is ONLY my opinion and two cent worth. Please don’t bash me for my opinion. As I have my opinions, just like you have yours.