Red Cross vs. Austin Tracy

Red Cross vs. Austin Tracy

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“Lumos”

Since: Jul 08

Hobbiton

#1 Jul 10, 2008
We just moved to the area and are trying to decide between these two schools. We like Red Cross for the convenience, but prefer Austin Tracy for the size. I guess what I want to know is, is the convenience of Red Cross being in town worth the hassles I've read about....pickup traffic jam, overcrowding, etc.

Any input would be appreciated! Thanks!
farmgal

Horse Cave, KY

#2 Jul 10, 2008
looneymom wrote:
We just moved to the area and are trying to decide between these two schools. We like Red Cross for the convenience, but prefer Austin Tracy for the size. I guess what I want to know is, is the convenience of Red Cross being in town worth the hassles I've read about....pickup traffic jam, overcrowding, etc.
Any input would be appreciated! Thanks!
Red Cross actually has pickup/dropoff down to a fine art. The first bell for dismissal rings at 2:25 and by 2:45 all buses and most cars are gone. That's awesome considering that we do have approx. 800 students. If you're looking for a smaller classroom size, then AT would be the way to go. Every county school has excellent teachers and staff IMO. RC had the highest test scores in the county last year. You would be more than welcome to tour both schools and talk with office staff before making up your mind. Do you live in the RC or AT area?
its me

Glasgow, KY

#3 Jul 11, 2008
red cross is a great school my 2 daughters went there from 1st till 6th grades i never had no problem with the staff or pick'in them up or taking them to school. it is one, if not the best elementary schools barren county has!! i highly recommend it!! its a very good school!!!!!!!!!
looneymom

Glasgow, KY

#4 Jul 11, 2008
Farmgal, we live in the AT district. We have timed the drive to both schools and it is almost exactly the same. We may take your advice and tour both schools. Thanks for the input, guys!
Maggie

Glasgow, KY

#5 Jul 31, 2008
Austin Tracy is the way to go! The school provides an excellent education. The only reason Red Cross may have higher test scores is because of the location of the school. Austin Tracy is in a more rural area but treat their students like family. AT is the way to go!

Since: Jan 08

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#6 Jul 31, 2008
My son has been in Red Cross since kindergarten. It is a great school very good and understanding teachers. I did nit like austin tracy because the teacher were rude and pushy with the students from what I observed.
Oooh

Glasgow, KY

#7 Jul 31, 2008
I love Red Cross. It has beenh great for our family.
grade

Glasgow, KY

#8 Jul 31, 2008
Red Cross is a great school. Austin Tracy is a good school also however it is so far out of town, if something happened to your child during the school day how long would it take you to get to them? AT has some awesome teachers but remember no matter where you go there will always be a bad egg. What grade will your children be in? That will make a difference. I have heard more than one parent complain about a 3rd grade teacher at AT. I believe her name was Killibrew.
losing my mind

Glasgow, KY

#9 Aug 1, 2008
I beg to differ grade, Ms.Killibrew is a top notch teacher and a terrific person. All the kids love her. Yes, AT is way down there in the county but you just cannot beat the small homey feel of the community of teachers and parents there.
I agree

Glasgow, KY

#10 Aug 1, 2008
My kids go to Red Cross and I am not going to pull them because that is where the are suppose to go. For the most part we have had a good experience. But, it is overcrowded and gets more so every year. The school was built for 550 kids. There are now 800!(Probably more thei year)They have 6 classrooms outside. Anytime the wind blowes hard they have to bring all these kids into the library until the storm passes. Kids are stuffed in to any place that has a door. Some no more then storage closets with no windows and lots of eletrical equipment. Some classes have as many as 28 kids in them. Every classroom was being used and full to capicity this year and the added classes this year.(If you have child in a special ed class you had better check out where they are putting one of those classes) When will it stop?
Ralston needs to have his head examined or his butt kicked for not only allowing this but encouraging it. This is all for money and test scores.
They are spending money they don't have that is suppose to take care of the problem. How? If people are sending their kids to RCE because it is close to home why would they pull them and take them across town? They wont. This school is being built to pull city kids on that end of town and to pull kids out of Hiseville and Eastern.
Red Cross is a good school but, it could be a great school if it weren't bursting at the seems.
If I were in your shoes I would go to Austin Tracy if for nothing other then the class size. Besides, Scott Harper is a great guy. I have known him for years.
RC kids

Cave City, KY

#11 Aug 1, 2008
I'm really not sure why it shows "Munfordville"...

Red Cross is a great school. We live in-district and deal with the same outdoor classrooms and crowded drop off / pick up lines that everyone else does. It seems to me that everyone at RC does a good job of working together to accommodate the overcrowding and not make it a big issue... the only major complaints I've heard about it is typically from out of district parents. That's kind of frustrating, considering OUR in-district kids toddle out to the trailers just like your out of district kids do and we aren't complaining.

Our kids love their teachers and their teachers are fantastic and caring. I know what's going on in the classes and feel welcomed to be a part of the school. Certainly Mr. Britt did a lot to build the atmosphere at RC. He will certainly be be missed.

AT is not a bad school either... The big pit behind the playground that I think was the old septic field is a bit "ewwwie" to think of kids playing next to. I haven't been in the school. I do know Mr. Harper and many of the AT teachers. I don't think you'd go wrong with either choice. Good Luck! And welcome to Barren County!
crystal

Glasgow, KY

#12 Aug 1, 2008
2 of my children went to Red Cross for one school year a few years back and our experience was ok. Their homeroom teacher's ( Ms. Harbison and Ms. Anita) were excellent!!! There were, however, other teachers and assistants that were not as cordial. And the size was a real problem even then. For assemblies, PTO meetings, even bitty ball games, there was never enough room in the gym which has bleachers on only one side. Also, my husband or I picked the children up every day and even at the end of school year, they still did not know my name in the office or which children belonged to me. They even tried to send the wrond child with me on 2 different occasions...very scary, huh?
Now, for Austin Tracy. My girls have been there for the last 2 school years and will be there this year, also. I have never had a single bad experience with this school for either child. Yes, it is rural, but most of those children and their families live there, so it is not an inconvenience for them. And yes, a lot of them are considered low income but there is never any difference shown between a low income child and one that is not at AT. I can't say the same for RC. The teachers are wonderful as is Mr Harper. I had heard bad things about AT before I sent my girls there, but have never had any reason to believe them since. The teachers know the children by name and even the parents' names, also. There is definitely a very good family feel and I never worry about my girls when they are there. I would advise going to each school and seeing for yourself how you feel when you leave.
WHAT

Glasgow, KY

#13 Aug 1, 2008
farmgal wrote:
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Red Cross actually has pickup/dropoff down to a fine art. The first bell for dismissal rings at 2:25 and by 2:45 all buses and most cars are gone. That's awesome considering that we do have approx. 800 students. If you're looking for a smaller classroom size, then AT would be the way to go. Every county school has excellent teachers and staff IMO. RC had the highest test scores in the county last year. You would be more than welcome to tour both schools and talk with office staff before making up your mind. Do you live in the RC or AT area?
Drop off isn't so bad.
Pick up is a nightmare!
People start lining up an hour early just so they aren't in the mess. Once my child got sick just before school was over and I got to school about 2:05. I could not even get in the parking lot to go in and get him. It gets worse every year! Cars are backed up from the side door to 1297 and from the front door down to the monissori school.
If it is a fine art it is that crazy expensive art that no one can figure out!
Everything from kids going from the main building to portables unsupervised to putting kids in cars with out checking that they are on the pick up list is a safty risk.
imo

Glasgow, KY

#14 Aug 1, 2008
my daughter attended RC for kindergarten and 1st grades and has now been at Austin Tracy for 3rd, 4th and now 5th grade. I have seen pros and cons for each school.
THE MOST IMPORTANT INFO I COULD GIVE YOU THOUGH is.......If you live in Austin Tracy district, I would just go there because....RC, as everyohne has already attested to, is most definitely overcrowded and if they get too many students enrolled that lives in their district, they HAVE to accept them and get rid of others who don't have to go there. Therefore, there is a possibility that your children will get booted out (even mid yr-if people move there in middle of school yr), if they need space for their students.
AT MAN

Cave City, KY

#15 Aug 3, 2008
you should pick AT cause it has some of the nicest teachers then anywhere
city folk

Glasgow, KY

#16 Aug 4, 2008
Yeah, but obviously RC is not booting kids out. Hence the too crowded problem. And they won't boot them out cause it's just more money for them. I don't think county schools should have ever been allowed to build in city limits in the first place. They did it with RC and the one that they are building to try and get some of the city kids. It worked and now all people do is complain about overcrowding. Which I don't blame you, that is the number one reason I would never send my kids there. But you can't have it both ways people.
Camo

Glasgow, KY

#17 Aug 4, 2008
RC is very overcrowded but it hasn't caused me any trouble. I think when the new school opens it will help RC.
momto2

Glasgow, KY

#18 Aug 4, 2008
city folk wrote:
Yeah, but obviously RC is not booting kids out. Hence the too crowded problem. And they won't boot them out cause it's just more money for them. I don't think county schools should have ever been allowed to build in city limits in the first place. They did it with RC and the one that they are building to try and get some of the city kids. It worked and now all people do is complain about overcrowding. Which I don't blame you, that is the number one reason I would never send my kids there. But you can't have it both ways people.
Those of us who were zoned for the old Red Cross didn't get a choice. Our kids HAVE no choice but to ride a bus for 1 hour and 15 minutes just to get to a school where they are packed in like cattle going to market. They closed the old RCE because it crowded and need portables out back. See what we gpt for all the trouble and money. Overcrowded and poetables and a long bus ride.
momto2

Glasgow, KY

#19 Aug 4, 2008
Camo wrote:
RC is very overcrowded but it hasn't caused me any trouble. I think when the new school opens it will help RC.
Overcrowding causes all the kids a problem whether you realize it or not. They get less individual attention. They keep making lunch and recess shorter. They are adding more classes this year. Our kids are going to wind up eating on the way back to class and taking a lap around the building and call it recess before it is over.
I don't think the new school will help Red Cross. I think it will pull from Hiseville and Eastern and city school on that end of town. Most of Red Cross kids that are out of district live on that in end of town. There are a lot of Austin Tracy kids there. I don't see there parents driving all the way across town.
roar

Glasgow, KY

#20 Aug 4, 2008
We chose neither. We live in AT district but decided that since Glasgow is now tuition free we went with South Green Elementary. Our little girl is starting kindergarten and AT is too far RC is too crowded. South Green has great teacher:student ratios and the location is best for us. We are really looking forward to it.

Good luck in your quest--but, think quick, you're running out of time!

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