Cabell County Parent

Saint Albans, WV

#47 Jan 16, 2013
public information wrote:
Call or email your board members. Tell them how you feel about it.
Suzanne McGinnis Oxley
President
District 2
smowv @ comcast.net
Mary Neely
Vice-President
District 1
maryneely @ comcast.net
Bennie Thomas
District 2
bthomas @ access.k12.wv.us
Garland "Skip" Parsons
District 4
gbskip6 @ comcast.net
Mary Alice Freeman
District 4
mafreeman @ frontier.com
Great find.

"balanced schedule" = Year round school. It matters not what name they give to it, it is year round school.

No studies shown that it benefits academics. Most parts of the country that adopted this style of education have abandoned it years ago.

Leave it to WV (specifically Cabell County) to try something that has repetitively proven to be a failure and ultimately reversed.
Zaphod

Alexandria, VA

#48 Jan 16, 2013
Cabell County Parent wrote:
<quoted text>Great find.

"balanced schedule" = Year round school. It matters not what name they give to it, it is year round school.

No studies shown that it benefits academics. Most parts of the country that adopted this style of education have abandoned it years ago.

Leave it to WV (specifically Cabell County) to try something that has repetitively proven to be a failure and ultimately reversed.
Actually a lot of studies support this type of calendar and its widely used. Especially by all the countries beating the crap out of us in education.
you know it

West Hamlin, WV

#49 Jan 16, 2013
My suggestion to parents who don't want their kids to lose their summer break... When debating this matter don't say things like "we already have summer plans" or "the kids want to go swimming" or anything similar because it makes it sound like you do not value education at all. At least come up with some valid reasons to debate pertaining to education.
Believer

Alexandria, VA

#50 Jan 16, 2013
Zaphod wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually a lot of studies support this type of calendar and its widely used. Especially by all the countries beating the crap out of us in education.
Countries who are "beating the crap out of us in education" don't educate everyone. They educate and test their cream of the crop. This is the U.S. where everyone is entitled to an education. Those tests are comparing apples to oranges.
Zaphod

Alexandria, VA

#51 Jan 16, 2013
Believer wrote:
<quoted text>Countries who are "beating the crap out of us in education" don't educate everyone. They educate and test their cream of the crop. This is the U.S. where everyone is entitled to an education. Those tests are comparing apples to oranges.
Is that right? Where do you get this information? Your butt?
Believer

Alexandria, VA

#52 Jan 16, 2013
Zaphod wrote:
<quoted text>
Is that right? Where do you get this information? Your butt?
No, I can read.
Please

Huntington, WV

#53 Jan 16, 2013
What is wrong with the school system is PARENTS. When I was a kid, parents supported the teachers and the school. If I got in trouble at school I got in alot more trouble when I got home. Now parents run to the school and take up time to scream that their babies wouldnt do that. If your kid drops out of school it is your fault. You didnt teach them the value of education. You allowed them to drop out. That is a failure of yours. Year round school is worth doing some research and seeing if it is good for our childrens education. I personally would have loved having 4 breaks a year. I was always bored by mid summer. Worry about education, not sports,sports will work around it.
Intheknow

Huntington, WV

#54 Jan 16, 2013
yumyumgood wrote:
this does nothing but benefit lazy union teachers. public education does nothing but teach the test & they still fail. summer break has nothing to do with a learning loss. remember when after u ate lunch u could go outside and walk, flirt in the hallways, play basketball in the gym. not anymore. after lunch in every middle school they sit and t.v. or a movie in the lunchroom. then they bitch about kids being fat. teachers to damn lazy to walk around outside to look over kids
Check your facts before you tell lies! In my child's middle school, they play intramural sports each day after lunch. There are 10 teachers out there daily, not only to supervise the children, but the also participate in the games! This builds positive student/teacher relationships, as well as leads by example. It sounds like your children need to attend a different middle school in CABELL county.
Please

Huntington, WV

#55 Jan 16, 2013
All of the schools offer them free time after lunch to socialize, play basketball in the gym, or pick their noses in front of the TV. The ones picking their noses are most likely doing the same thing when they get home. Laying in their rooms, watching their TV's. Most Teachers are not lazy, there are alot of parents that are.
curious

Wharton, WV

#56 Jan 16, 2013
The balanced school system is a joke and a bigger joke that parents have no input in the matter. Every 45 days, the kids will be out for 15 days. What kind of inconvenience is this going to create for single parents who work or dual parent homes in which both parents work?? I am all about my sons education but I do not feel this plan will be beneficial. Some studies prove this to be effective and others do not. Parents who feel this will benefit their child's academics, if your so worried then work with them at home. A comment was made that "this will give them something to do because there is nothing for kids to do in this area"...are you kidding me??? So...year round school is the answer? Just what the kids want to be doing, right? Less responsibility for the parents who are "for" this madness in the summer months. Smh
mom

Waynesboro, VA

#57 Jan 16, 2013
I agree with a lot of parents being lazy and uninvolved. They are not teaching their kids anything except how to lay around doing drugs and collecting a check and / or stamps. So many parents are on dope now. A lot of kids dont even have a chance so going to school year round or like we are now will not matter. Kids are raising themselves or the grandparents are which isn't fair to them. Most don't have the energy or are not healthy enough to raise a second set of kids. These parents need their asses kicked. Anyway as far as doing the year round school I think its going to be very confusing but the people in control are going to do what they want regardless. Yes I am a parent that also enjoys my summers with my kids although I work and 3rd shift at that I still make time for us to spend a lot of time at the pool, camping, camps, Bible school, etc because my kids love those things and living in WV only get to do them during the nice weather as we all know is limited here. So no I won't feel like a bad mom for wanting those things for me or them.
mom

Waynesboro, VA

#58 Jan 16, 2013
curious wrote:
The balanced school system is a joke and a bigger joke that parents have no input in the matter. Every 45 days, the kids will be out for 15 days. What kind of inconvenience is this going to create for single parents who work or dual parent homes in which both parents work?? I am all about my sons education but I do not feel this plan will be beneficial. Some studies prove this to be effective and others do not. Parents who feel this will benefit their child's academics, if your so worried then work with them at home. A comment was made that "this will give them something to do because there is nothing for kids to do in this area"...are you kidding me??? So...year round school is the answer? Just what the kids want to be doing, right? Less responsibility for the parents who are "for" this madness in the summer months. Smh
I agree totally. What does smh mean? I see it on facebook a lot.
Non consolidator

United States

#59 Jan 17, 2013
http://youtu.be/DDyDtYy2I0M

This lady Charlotte Izerbyt was in charge of the planning of consolidation
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mom

Huntington, WV

#61 Jan 17, 2013
Bo_Jigger wrote:
<quoted text>
SMH = Shake/shaking my head.
Example: I was shaking my head in disbelief when that inbred redneck called me the "N" word.
Oh ok
Cabell County Parent

Saint Albans, WV

#62 Jan 17, 2013
Zaphod wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually a lot of studies support this type of calendar and its widely used. Especially by all the countries beating the crap out of us in education.
Is that right? Where do you get this information? You write so eloquently and sophisticated...
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parents have a voice

Keego Harbor, MI

#64 Jan 17, 2013
As parents, we do have a voice. Call or email the board members and let them know if they pass this program, they will be voted out.

Suzanne McGinnis Oxley
President
District 2
smowv @ comcast.net
Mary Neely
Vice-President
District 1
maryneely @ comcast.net
Bennie Thomas
District 2
bthomas @ access.k12.wv.us
Garland "Skip" Parsons
District 4
gbskip6 @ comcast.net
Mary Alice Freeman
District 4
mafreeman @ frontier.com

Parents voices do matter.
parents have a voice

Keego Harbor, MI

#65 Jan 17, 2013
Suzanne McGinnis Oxley
President
District 2
smowv @ comcast.net

Mary Neely
Vice-President
District 1
maryneely @ comcast.net

Bennie Thomas
District 2
bthomas @ access.k12.wv.us

Garland "Skip" Parsons
District 4
gbskip6 @ comcast.net

Mary Alice Freeman
District 4
mafreeman @ frontier.com

easier to read now.
astonsihing

France

#66 Jan 17, 2013
Do_Not_Buy_The_Lies wrote:
Since 1990, West Virginia has closed well over 300 schools. Among the results, "Closing Costs" reports the following:
COSTS
The state has spent more than $1 billion on school consolidation.
School Building Authority Executive Director, Clacy Williams, acknowledged in September 2002 that school closings didn't save taxpayers money.
West Virginia counties statewide spend a higher percentage of their budgets on maintenance and utilities now than they did five years ago, despite consolidation.
The number of local administrators has increased by 16% in the last 10 years despite a 13% decrease in student enrollment (41,000 fewer students) and closing of over 300 schools.
The number of state-level administrators increased and their salaries nearly doubled between 1990 and 2002.
West Virginia spends more of its education dollar on transportation than any other state; rising transportation costs have forced counties to slash funding from classrooms, offices, and cafeterias.
BUSES
Elementary bus ride times are longest in counties with only one high school.
The number of children who ride buses more than two hours a day doubled between 1992 (3908 students) and 1996 (7938 students), even though 25,000 fewer children rode buses. Seventy more schools have been closed since 1996.
20,000 elementary students, 11,000 middle school students and 5000 high school students take one-way bus rides longer than state guidelines of 30 minutes for elementary, 45 minutes for middle, and 60 minutes for high school. By comparison, the average American adult commute is 26 minutes.
Referring to state guidelines for student bus rides, State Transportation Director Wayne Clutter said, "The times are too idealistic. It gives people false hope."
To save costs, West Virginia now retires buses after 12 years instead of 10.
STUDENT WELL-BEING
Students (and adults) interviewed for the series report that students are stressed and exhausted. Their grades slump. They participate in fewer after school activities. They have less time to spend with their parents.
A Yale University study found that diesel bus fumes may be to blame for the dramatic rise in childhood asthma in the U.S. Students who ride buses breathe five to 15 times more particulate soot than children playing outside.
ACADEMICS
School officials promised advanced courses, but many courses never materialized or were soon eliminated. In several counties, consolidated high schools offer fewer courses than the small schools offered prior to consolidation.
The reporters studied documents in 10 sample rural counties and found that 100 advanced classes promised through consolidation had not been offered in the previous two years.
Many counties dropped Advanced Placement and foreign language classes several years after consolidation.
The statewide increase in students taking Advanced Placement classes rose only 0.5% in the last six years, and fewer than half of students who took AP exams last year passed them compared with 56% who took them in 1997.
OTHER FINDINGS
The state has shredded most of its documents pertaining to the 300 school closures since 1990.
In Pendleton County, a total of $10 million in renovations and new construction was spent to close Circleville School. Students were bused over a 4,000 foot mountain to school in Franklin, the county seat. Meanwhile, Circleville residents renovated the old Circleville School as a community center for just $200,000.
Twenty-five new courses were promised for the consolidated high school in Franklin, but only one, drama, has been offered. No Advanced Placement courses are offered, despite promises to offer five.
I did not support consolidation, nor do I support year round school. Things never pan out like the Board Of Education tells us it will. Thanks for the information above.

“dolla dolla bill y'all”

Level 3

Since: Jul 12

the burg

#67 Jan 17, 2013
Intheknow wrote:
<quoted text>
Check your facts before you tell lies! In my child's middle school, they play intramural sports each day after lunch. There are 10 teachers out there daily, not only to supervise the children, but the also participate in the games! This builds positive student/teacher relationships, as well as leads by example. It sounds like your children need to attend a different middle school in CABELL county.
well i cant just sell my house & move so my kid can play outside.

“dolla dolla bill y'all”

Level 3

Since: Jul 12

the burg

#68 Jan 17, 2013
Intheknow wrote:
<quoted text>
Check your facts before you tell lies! In my child's middle school, they play intramural sports each day after lunch. There are 10 teachers out there daily, not only to supervise the children, but the also participate in the games! This builds positive student/teacher relationships, as well as leads by example. It sounds like your children need to attend a different middle school in CABELL county.
so what school has ten teachers playing intramural sports at lunch. i would love to see this. check ur facts. that aint happenin

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