District Response to Concerns Raised in Recent Petition & School Board Meeting
February 17, 2015
Shorewood is a community that deeply loves its public schools. Dr. Nicholas and I are proud to serve in leadership roles where the community is so supportive and engaged. Shorewood Schools are and continue to be among the best in the state. The recent 2015 Niche Rankings of schools and school districts place Shorewood as 4th in the state with all of our schools in the top 20 in the state when compared to schools with the same grade levels. I am proud to be part of these accomplishments, knowing that they indicate there is much going right in Shorewood Schools.
Because of the passion members of our community hold, disagreements arise. Even though moments like this can be uncomfortable, they also clarify for our administrative team and the school board areas where we can improve. This communication is a response to the petition circulated and signed by just over 100 individuals, and the comments shared at the February 10, 2015 school board meeting. Its purpose it to correct misinformation, and provide answers to questions posed. It is organized according to the topics noted in the petition and school board meeting: the narrow focus of School Growth Plans, math and science curriculums, not offering BC Calculus, practices related to advancing students, the implementation of the Response to Intervention (RtI), STEM/STEAM/EL, class size, and safety concerns.
In addition to this communication, our plan is to develop clearer and more timely communication about the work of the administrative team, and to have community forums where information can be shared in dialogue with community members.
The petition and school board meeting made clear that there are parents and families who would like to see change. At the same time, the District office has received many messages from other parents and community members who are very supportive of our current direction and leadership. It is my intent that this communication and the additional steps we are taking to move forward are helpful and that by working together we can best meet the needs of all of our students.
Martin Lexmond Ed.D., Superintendent
Click here to see the District's full response to points raised in the petition.
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