Teacher sees some disconnect in MP School District
There is a disconnect in the Mt. Pleasant Community School District.
That’s the belief of at least one instructor in the school district. Diane Walker, a third-grade instructor at Lincoln Elementary School, expressed several concerns to school directors during their regular monthly meeting Monday night at the high school.
“We have a (communication) gap,” Walker said. “I feel a lot of people are on a different page. Everyone has to be on the same page. I think we drifted apart. We need to address the disconnect.”
Walker, who emphasized the views she was expressing were her own, said that a faculty representative will attend all future board meetings.
She said that she wants to know the parameters in which she must work. “I think we have to go for precise, decisive answers. We all want student achievement and open lines of communication.”
The instructor also said she was “bothered” by the discussion on pacing guides (student progress and achievement) at a recent board meeting. “I did a lot of thinking and stewing on it. I am sure the information was correct, but it is not a lack of skill by philosophical differences.”
Information presented at a recent board meeting indicated that some work was needed because student progress was lagging in some areas.
“I know some anxiety exists at other levels (regarding student progress), but we have to move forward,” she said.
Finally, she invited school board members to school classrooms. “I want you to come visit. Come in and ask questions. If you come in and see what we are doing, you will be able to make decisions. Together, we can provide kids an educational opportunity that will meet or exceed any in the area.”
Ed Chabal, director of school finance, presented the comprehensive financial report, which will be approved during the January board meeting. The report showed district net assets at $11,305,025 as of June 30, 2010. The figure is an increase of 3.3 percent or $366,242 from July 1, 2009.
Total revenues for fiscal 2010 were $21,217,573, a decrease of $408,706. The decrease was largely due to the 10-percent cut in state funding due to state budget problems. State revenue represented 46 percent of the total revenue ($9,747,664) or a 7-percent decrease from fiscal 2009. Local revenue (i.e. largely property tax) contributed 44 percent of the revenue ($9,419,218) and increase of 1 percent from 2009 and federal money totaled $2,048,716 or 10 percent of the revenue. The federal share increased from 4 percent in fiscal 2009 and was due largely to one-time federal stimulus money.
For more on this story, see the December 14 issue of the Mt. Pleasant News.