Letter: Process not working;
just say 'no'
I attended the Auburn town meeting on
Oct. 12 with hope of having my questions regarding year round school (YRS)
answered. I gave up my evening with my family and rushed through spelling
homework with my daughter to attend. I wrote my questions on the paper provided
and included questions by family and friends who were unable to attend the
meeting which was announced with such short notice. I submitted seven questions
(I have many more) at the beginning of the meeting. I came away disappointed.
Not one question I submitted was answered. Not one.
I then attended the Board of Education
meeting on Oct. 13 to express my concerns regarding YRS and the
"Process" in which I have been told to place my trust. Again, I
decided to sacrifice my family time to try to use the "process" to
gain information. Two nights in a row my two-year-old did not have play time or
reading with mommy. Two nights in a row, I rushed through spelling and math
homework with my seven-year-old.
At the meeting, I waited while several
Auburn City School employees and YRS committee members expressed opinions
regarding YRS. Then, Ms. Carolyn Pittard (president) abruptly called for a stop
to all comments on YRS. No warningÛjust stopped. It seemed to me that
there were not many of us left who wished to speak. I left disappointed and
I have waited for the
"process" to hear my concerns. It's not working. I have heard Dr.
Michael Martin expound on the "process." Ms. Pittard discussed
letting the "process" work. Ms. Carolyn Matthews, at the last City
Council meeting, asked that we work with the "process." I have read
articles criticizing concerned parents, like myself, as ill-informed. I always
believed questions to gain information were welcomed by educators. My questions
continue to go unanswered. Well, now, I not only have questions about YRS in
Auburn, I am extremely concerned about a process which does not seem to be
fair, unbiased, informative or receptive to my concerns.
The information presently provided by
ACS does not justify conversion to YRS in Auburn. I ask the school board to
vote against Year Round Schools in Auburn. I also ask the elected officials on
the city council to note that the "process," of which I have been
told repeatedly to "let work," is not working.
presence needed at meeting
The Auburn City Schools Board of
Education will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Auburn High School multi-media
room. This i9 the last meeting before the superintendent's decision on
year-round school will be
given.Please come to the
meeting and make your views known. Your presence is very important whether you
speak during the meeting or not. If you plan on speaking, please fax your
request to speak to
Superintendent Martin, 887-2107 before
the meeting, or mail to take your request
to:Dr. Martin, 855 E. Samford
Ave., Auburr AL 36830.
This is an issue that affects everyone
in Auburn, not simply parents. Year-round school information is available at
Community to be surveyed about alternative calendar for
ACSSpecial to The
As part of the process of investigating
an alternative calendar for Auburn City Schools, a survey will be conducted of
parents, Auburn City Schools employees, students grades 8iX through 12, daycare
operators, and the community as a whole. The Auburn Chamber of Commerce has
already conducted a survey of its members. When all the surveys have been
collected, the accounting firm of Machen, McChesney & Chastain will
calculate the results.
Specific timelines and surveying
procedure have been devised for each of the various groups. Green colored
survey forms will be mailed to parents on Nov. 12. Parents can return their
completed survey to any school within the school district on Nov. 18 and 19.
Parents may bring their completed survey, sealed in the attached ACS stamped
envelope that was mailed with the survey, to a school office or send that
sealed envelope to school with
their child. Sealed survey boxes will be placed in school offices on Nov. 18
and 19. All boxes will be picked up at 6 p.m. Nov. 19.
Students, grades six through 12, will
complete yellow colored survey forms with the distinctive stamp lettered ACS at
their school on Nov. 19. Students may respond and place their survey in the
sealed survey boxes in the school office.
Auburn City Schools employees will
receive an orange colored survey form with the distinctive stamp lettered ACS
on Nov. 19. They can submit their form throughout the day to their school
office or at the office of Transportation and Maintenance.
Only residents of the City of Auburn
will be allowed to submit a completed survey. Surveys to be used by the
community will be published in the Opelika-Auburn News and the Auburn Bulletin.
Citizens wishing to submit a survey may clip the instrument out of the paper
and bring it to the Auburn
Board of Education office on Nov. 19. A
sealed survey box will be set up in the lobby. Those citizens wishing to submit
a survey will be required to present a photo ID and . proof of residency and
sign a registry. Surveys will be received from 7:30a.m.to 6p.m.
Members of the survey subcommittee will
deliver survey forms to Auburn City daycare and preschool facilities on Nov. 12
along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. These surveys may be mailed but
must be received by Nov. 19. Any survey received after that date would be
Building principals and Directors of
the Transportation and Maintenance will be responsible for securing the survey
boxes at their building. Any survey form received after the survey period set
forth above will be rejected. All extra survey forms shall be returned to the
central office and kept in the district's vault. Machen, McChesney &
Chastain will account for these surveys.