The “Best Educational Use of Schools” survey offers a valuable opportunity for all stakeholders in the issue of school consolidation to express their opinions and make their voices heard.
The survey, which can be filled out online or found at Town Hall, is open until Jan. 22. It is not difficult to complete; it simply asks for opinions on the pros and cons of each option proposed by the MARS consulting group. It also identifies different stakeholders: parents, students, staff members and administrators, community members, and graduates of the school system.
The survey serves as a valuable resource with which to make all community voices heard. The data will be collected and utilized by the Ad Hoc Committee devoted to the topic.
So far, the school system has been steadily improving at including students in the decision-making process. This is critical because the decision will dramatically impact students’ lives. The committee has met with several student leaders to discuss the topic; at the high school there have been multiple announcements encouraging students to complete the survey.
But this cannot be the end. Student representation in this decision is not a checkbox on a to-do list; it is not one and done. To ensure a fair decision, the input from all stakeholders is essential at every step of the process.
In the end, that decision must come back to what is in the best interest of student education. If it is closing the middle school, then so be it.
Continually consulting parents, students, and educators is crucial to completely understanding how to put the student experience and education first.
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