Tuesday, October 27, 2015
R-8 executive directors eliminate Academic All-Stars
That decision was made over the summer, apparently by a committee which included the executive directors of elementary and secondary instruction.
At least that was the way it sounded when the people who hold those positions, Jennifer Doshier and Jason Cravens, hemmed and hawed their way through a presentation to the Board of Education tonight.
The executive directors, who have held the responsibility of organizing Academic All-Stars, said that surveys indicated parents did not want academic all-stars, though they were vague about what those surveys had entailed.
Who made the decision?
:There were five or seven of us," Doshier said, though she did not offer any further details.
The only reason mentioned for the parental disapproval of Academic All-Stars was that some parents were upset because they could not hear their children's names being mentioned during the ceremony because of people who were leaving.
When was the decision made?
Cravens said, "We did it this summer."
Academic All-Stars will be replaced by celebrations at each school, the executive directors said. From their disjointed presentation, it also appears that honor rolls will also not be celebrated. Instead, different celebrations will be held each quarter. The first one will reward attendance and proper behavior, while the second and third will continue to recognize those things as well as how well students perform on the $300,000 testing regimen, the executive directors and Curriculum Director Sarah Stephens talked the board into buying earlier this year.