I believe the root of the problem at Youngsville's schools is that what defines success of this now infamous concentrated blending of students has never been defined or shared. How can you ask a community to accept or get behind something without their knowing of what the pros are? Well apparently you don't ask, share or define.
Is success an eventual reduction in the amount of police reportable incidents? Is success limping troubled students along amongst total strangers just to get them to graduation? Is success having a school-wide scare end up as just a big misunderstanding? Is success having a budget line item go from red ink to black? Or is success annually producing the best possible leaders, skilled employees and responsible adults from ALL county schools? I personally kind of like that one.
It would be of great benefit if someone in the know could please define success and the expected length of the path to get there. Something all can consider, stand behind, support or yes even reject. We have plenty of people in this community willing to be a part of something positive, uplifting and rewarding; unfortunately that current tide of energy seems to be geared toward cyberschool, which is not great news for anyone who thinks there is already too much "cyber" in a child's life.
There could very well be allies in support if people are given examples of a few success stories from this exercise. No need to include names of students of course, just the positive outcomes. We hear daily about the failures, let's hear about some success. If none exist then it appears valid to have the scale pegged solidly on failure's side and therefore consider this one and abandon it now. Why wait until this experiment absorbs the entire high school career of the current students, or those currently at YEMS , or those not even of school age yet and beyond? Are their educational years up for grabs too if needed? Will this exercise ever hit a successful stride or is it just continued sacrifice here on out?
The true shame lies in that to our kids the days of school closings, pay to play sports, falling apart facilities, charter school split offs and deep cuts into a young energetic teaching staff are now considered the good old days.