This week, I posted about parents’ concerns over Neary’s planned 1:1 technology pilot. The post included a letter to the editor from Fiona Maguire-O’Shea asking the school to allow parents to collaborate and vote on the pilot guidelines. Since then, she’s received a lot of response. The most important response to date, an invitation for parents to voice their concerns to the K-8 School Committee. Through a comment on the blog, School Committee member Jerry Capra issued this invitation:
To Fiona and others,
Please come to the next School Committee meeting (Oct 9, 6:30 at Trottier library) so we can discuss these issues. Your attendance would be very much appreciated.
The dialog on this subject, up to this point, has been very helpful and I would like to keep it that way. Your suggestions will not be ignored, and parental support is required if we are to continue forward with this program.
Thanks, and I hope to see you Wednesday.
This meeting is especially important in light of the earlier response Fiona reported receiving from Neary Principal Linda Murdoch:
In terms of a parent meeting and a parent vote, I don’t believe that would be appropriate, for a couple of reasons. First of all, overall governance of the schools is done by the school committee, whose members are elected by the townspeople, and school decisions regarding curriculum and instruction are reviewed by school committee, but not put to a popular vote. As you know, the school committee is aware of this project and it has been discussed at the last three school committee meetings, two last spring and at the first one this fall. You can certainly talk with the school committee members and let them know your concerns, but I think the decision-making has to stay with the school committee.
So, apparently if you have concerns about the program, the school committee is the authority to address. If you would like to weigh in on the proposed program, show up at Trottier School’s library on Wednedsday, October 9 at 6:30 pm. (Photo posted to Flickr by flickingerbrad)