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kids first

Louisville, KY

#21 Apr 16, 2012
SCSD2 was thinking of closing a school because of sinking enrollment way before Via ever applied. It is one of their current options for cutting costs.

Parents want options and are going outside of the county to get it. Why not have another option right here in Scott County. You have choices in so many aspects of your life- You can pick what food you buy, what car you drive, which church you want to attend, and which spouse you marry but you have one choice for public education in your county for your children.
What if you don't like the one choice you have, should you have to move out of your county or drive your kids far outside your district.
I don't think most people would be so opinionated if they had one choice for food in this county or if they had only one choice of the kind of car they must drive and education is so much more important than food and car options.
It's about parental personal choices. Yes, there will be students pulled from SCSD2 and with that SCSD2 will have to make some hard budget decisions. When people are free to make choices positive things come to all. If Via is much better than SCSD2 then SCSD2 will rise to the occasion and compete. If Via is not better and does not give what they have promised then people won't go there. Right now SCD2 has no competition. Competition pushes people to do better and with that push people step up and with people stepping up BOTH schools will provide a quality education for the children of Scott County and isn't that what we ALL want! ALL kids to have a quality education.
I am really excited about the days ahead for all the students of Scott County and can't wait to hear more about Via.
Not ALL kids

Falmouth, KY

#22 Apr 16, 2012
VIA won't support ALL kids, just the few they want.
via

Louisville, KY

#23 Apr 16, 2012
Not ALL kids wrote:
VIA won't support ALL kids, just the few they want.
The link I just read with the application says really great things. I'm glad someone posted it. I just went to their facebook page and this is what it says in their about section:
"Via Charter School is a public charter school for ALL kids. Via is equipped to serve ALL students, from special needs to advanced learners. Via is a public charter school that will enroll kindergarten through sixth grade students in August 2013. Seventh grade will be offered in August 2014, and an additional grade will be added each successive school year thereafter, with a complete kindergarten through twelfth grade campus fully operational beginning in August 2019. Siblings of enrolled Via students will be given priority for admission, and a lottery will be held if any grade level is oversubscribed. Each grade will be open to ANY student, regardless of specific strengths of that student, up through the prescribed maximum number for that grade. Oversubscribed grades will have their students chosen by a lottery run by an independent accounting firm, with no control by the school's leaders or board of directors."
SCSD2 Supporter

Scottsburg, IN

#24 Apr 17, 2012
Scott County Parent wrote:
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I just looked at it and it says it's 80k. The 99k is with all the benefits. I think that with all the heat he is getting he deserves it. Our county and the kids will be better off for another option. If you don't like the other option then just stay at SC2 and life goes on.
Life will go on, but many lives, and ultimately our county, will be negatively impacted. School employees could lose jobs, schools could be closed and for what...another "option" for parents? I believe rather than starting a charter school that will hurt so many and benefit so few, we should all work together to continue the great progress being made in our public schools.
SCSD2 take the challenge

Louisville, KY

#25 Apr 17, 2012
SCSD2 Supporter wrote:
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Life will go on, but many lives, and ultimately our county, will be negatively impacted. School employees could lose jobs, schools could be closed and for what...another "option" for parents? I believe rather than starting a charter school that will hurt so many and benefit so few, we should all work together to continue the great progress being made in our public schools.
They would be closing another school anyway and they would be doing major budget cuts anyway with or without a charter coming to town. It's not just about another option (like you said) it's about creating competition so that people step up and give our children a better education. There is nothing anyone can do about it so why not just let it go. You are only upsetting yourself more. You can't change it so just rise to the task-and make SCSD2 an even better school than it has ever been before...get off this site and get to it. Replying to this is not going to stop that other school from coming. This is the first and last time I will ever post on here.-Eugen Condor
Not ALL kids

Falmouth, KY

#26 Apr 17, 2012
via wrote:
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The link I just read with the application says really great things. I'm glad someone posted it. I just went to their facebook page and this is what it says in their about section:
"Via Charter School is a public charter school for ALL kids. Via is equipped to serve ALL students, from special needs to advanced learners. Via is a public charter school that will enroll kindergarten through sixth grade students in August 2013. Seventh grade will be offered in August 2014, and an additional grade will be added each successive school year thereafter, with a complete kindergarten through twelfth grade campus fully operational beginning in August 2019. Siblings of enrolled Via students will be given priority for admission, and a lottery will be held if any grade level is oversubscribed. Each grade will be open to ANY student, regardless of specific strengths of that student, up through the prescribed maximum number for that grade. Oversubscribed grades will have their students chosen by a lottery run by an independent accounting firm, with no control by the school's leaders or board of directors."
And summer school will be for those who can pay the fee.
clarification needed

United States

#27 Apr 17, 2012
Via...your statement shows how facts can be slanted to serve a purpose. The charter says it will serve all students, but will it provide transportation for all students? No, it will not. So, its not really for all students then, is it? Many students from underprivileged homes will not be able to attend. If two years from now, we see a mixed socioeconomic population, you can say I told you so. Otherwise, this move stinks of elitist entitlement. Someone prove that Comer doesn't have a hidden agenda and hasn't used company time to put this together.
William Brooks

Bowling Green, KY

#28 Apr 17, 2012
SES parent - Brianne Lott wrote:
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I'm encouraged by the fact that children will be required to study a foreign language EVERY YEAR, that once additional grades are added students will graduate with an International Baccalaureate Designation Diploma (which is well known in the global business community), and that much emphasis will be placed on student-teacher interaction and relationships.
And I don't understand why people seem to be so upset and opposed to Via. What's wrong with having options? The fact that I support Via Charter School does not mean that I do not support SCSD2. If you are perfectly happy with the education your child is receiving, that's great - keep them where they are. But those of use who see room for improvement, and would like to see things done a bit differently, we should have that option. I have nothing but positive things to say about my son's experience at SES and he's currently in 2nd grade. But when you look at the statistics for SCSD2 compared to many of the surrounding counties it becomes obvious that additional changes need to be made.
I've added my real name because it seems silly to hide behind fake names when discussing such an important topic. I don't care who knows I support Via Charter School and will happily support them publicly every chance I get.
Not trying to burst your bubble, but there are significant requirements for a school to have to be able to offer an International Baccalaureate. It takes a lot more than just offering a foreign language. Via isn't listed with the IB organization. Out of curiosity, why are you so in favor of this option? I looked up the school grades for SCSD2 and the surrounding counties. Our district is ranked just as well as the counties around us. In fact, our lowest grade was better than the lowest grade of all but one of the surrounding counties. If you are happy with the education your son is receiving, why change? My children will stay in the district because I know they are receiving a quality education and the statistics prove it.
SES parent - Brianne Lott

Scottsburg, IN

#29 Apr 17, 2012
Via isn't yet listed with the IB organization because they've just now submitted their application and are awaiting approval. Grades are one way to compare our schools to the schools in surrounding counties, but I've looked at other factors as well. ISTEP scores, as well as graduation rates, are considerably lower than surrounding counties. My son is doing well enough (honor roll) at SES but I do believe that he could do better in another environment. That is not because I have anything against SES or because I feel like it's a bad school. If you want to keep your children in SCSD2 that's great. I just don't understand why so many people are threatened by Via providing parents with another option. So what if it takes students away from the schools? Many of the parents who will likely apply to send our children to Via have been considering moving and/or other educational options for our children before Via even came into the picture. At least with Via the kids will stay in the county, along with their parents tax dollars.
Supporting SCSD2

Falmouth, KY

#30 Apr 17, 2012
SES parent - Brianne Lott wrote:
Via isn't yet listed with the IB organization because they've just now submitted their application and are awaiting approval. Grades are one way to compare our schools to the schools in surrounding counties, but I've looked at other factors as well. ISTEP scores, as well as graduation rates, are considerably lower than surrounding counties. My son is doing well enough (honor roll) at SES but I do believe that he could do better in another environment. That is not because I have anything against SES or because I feel like it's a bad school. If you want to keep your children in SCSD2 that's great. I just don't understand why so many people are threatened by Via providing parents with another option. So what if it takes students away from the schools? Many of the parents who will likely apply to send our children to Via have been considering moving and/or other educational options for our children before Via even came into the picture. At least with Via the kids will stay in the county, along with their parents tax dollars.
The big deal is:
1. it is only for students that already have a good support system at home - not for students without one;
2. it will cost the district schools funding, which in turn will mean the loss of teaching positions, support staff, etc.
3. and many district schools have special needs and low socio-economic factors that weigh into the ISTEP test results and therefore aren't compared 'apples to apples'. Via will take only the cream of the crop (what low socio economic family can afford to drive their students to school or pay the summer school fees?) which in turn will 'look' much better in the form of test results, but won't have low scores averaged in.
William Brooks

Bowling Green, KY

#31 Apr 17, 2012
SES parent - Brianne Lott wrote:
Via isn't yet listed with the IB organization because they've just now submitted their application and are awaiting approval. Grades are one way to compare our schools to the schools in surrounding counties, but I've looked at other factors as well. ISTEP scores, as well as graduation rates, are considerably lower than surrounding counties. My son is doing well enough (honor roll) at SES but I do believe that he could do better in another environment. That is not because I have anything against SES or because I feel like it's a bad school. If you want to keep your children in SCSD2 that's great. I just don't understand why so many people are threatened by Via providing parents with another option. So what if it takes students away from the schools? Many of the parents who will likely apply to send our children to Via have been considering moving and/or other educational options for our children before Via even came into the picture. At least with Via the kids will stay in the county, along with their parents tax dollars.
How will they be approved for an IB curriculum if they haven't even got their staff or curriculum in place? You need significant programs for the arts, advanced mathematics, sciences, languages, and other factors to even be considered. Look at the schools in Indiana that offer an IB. They are either large urban schools or smaller private schools in rich districts. If Via is selling their program on the CHANCE that they could get an IB, that is misleading. But, that seems to be something consistent with how this has been handled.
The school grades I mentioned ARE based on ISTEP scores. Our scores are quite comparable to other schools.
How does this affect our county? Children=money. If Via pulls out children, there's a strong possibility that the district will have to close a school, maybe even 2. While someone will point out the schools were planning on doing that anyway, they were not. That suggestion was taken off the table some time ago because the district understands the need the outlying schools serve in their communities. Tell me it doesn't matter? Tell that to the parents of Johnson and Lexington that may lose their community hub. The money that goes into our schools goes back into the communities through programs that the schools to for the entire community. I see the charter school making lots of promises. I see a principal that may not have been completely honest in his intentions throughout this process. I see a current school district that may be damaged irrevacably by the actions of the people behind the charter school.
Appalled

Erlanger, KY

#32 Apr 17, 2012
I am at a complete loss tonight. I really wanted to believe that the individuals running our school system cared about our kids, but tonight I am confident that they do not! To make a change that will affect our children and families just weeks before the end of the school year is confirmation that the only thing any of these people care about is their macho egos and money. I really don't care if adults want to argue about the best options for our community, but to disregard the feelings of our children is unconscionable. This decision by the administrators and school board(??) has made my decision very easy. My children, and their approx $20,000 will be going somewhere else. THINK ABOUT OUR KIDS FOR A CHANGE!!!! These decisions should have been made over the summer. This behavior is what gives small towns a bad name. So please don't bother having anymore school administrators post on these sites. It is unprofessional and you are clearly all talk when it comes to what's best for OUR children!
Discusted with scsd2

Louisville, KY

#33 Apr 17, 2012
Appalled wrote:
I am at a complete loss tonight. I really wanted to believe that the individuals running our school system cared about our kids, but tonight I am confident that they do not! To make a change that will affect our children and families just weeks before the end of the school year is confirmation that the only thing any of these people care about is their macho egos and money. I really don't care if adults want to argue about the best options for our community, but to disregard the feelings of our children is unconscionable. This decision by the administrators and school board(??) has made my decision very easy. My children, and their approx $20,000 will be going somewhere else. THINK ABOUT OUR KIDS FOR A CHANGE!!!! These decisions should have been made over the summer. This behavior is what gives small towns a bad name. So please don't bother having anymore school administrators post on these sites. It is unprofessional and you are clearly all talk when it comes to what's best for OUR children!
Very well said! Pulling any childs principal from school when there is only a few weeks left just made my decition that much easier. I want nothing to do with scsd2 now. I wasn't sure what I thought about via but now I know 100% what I think about scsd2 and as soon as I can get my children away I will. Even if mr. Comer did work on this during school hours it's not the children's fault and the school board and superintendent are only thinking "let's get Brent" instead if "let's figure out how to handle this best for our kids". One thing I've noticed is that the via fb page fans has risen a lot since yesterday.
William Brooks

Bowling Green, KY

#34 Apr 17, 2012
Appalled wrote:
I am at a complete loss tonight. I really wanted to believe that the individuals running our school system cared about our kids, but tonight I am confident that they do not! To make a change that will affect our children and families just weeks before the end of the school year is confirmation that the only thing any of these people care about is their macho egos and money. I really don't care if adults want to argue about the best options for our community, but to disregard the feelings of our children is unconscionable. This decision by the administrators and school board(??) has made my decision very easy. My children, and their approx $20,000 will be going somewhere else. THINK ABOUT OUR KIDS FOR A CHANGE!!!! These decisions should have been made over the summer. This behavior is what gives small towns a bad name. So please don't bother having anymore school administrators post on these sites. It is unprofessional and you are clearly all talk when it comes to what's best for OUR children!
They are thinking about our kids!!! They want someone that is 100% committed to the kids of this district and doing all they can to make sure the district provides every resource they need to be successful. Isn't that what you want as well? Did you honestly expect him to stay after all the back room dealings and hushed talk? I would hope this sends a message to every parent that this district wants people that are here for our kids. They aren't worried about their own personal agendas....they are worried about OUR KIDS! AMEN TO DISTRICT!
Stumped Parent

Falmouth, KY

#35 Apr 17, 2012
Brent Comer chose to leave your children when he decided to start a different school. This all started with Brent Comer apparently not wanting to be at V-F anymore. Why blame the school system that made it easier for him to leave your kids? Really? You are standing up for a man that doesn't care about ALL the kids at V-F? Hmm. Not sure why any parent would do that, but maybe if he decides to dump on Via in the future it will sink in more. Get mad. Move your kids because of that. Way to think of the kids.
Discusted with scsd2

Louisville, KY

#36 Apr 17, 2012
William Brooks wrote:
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They are thinking about our kids!!! They want someone that is 100% committed to the kids of this district and doing all they can to make sure the district provides every resource they need to be successful. Isn't that what you want as well? Did you honestly expect him to stay after all the back room dealings and hushed talk? I would hope this sends a message to every parent that this district wants people that are here for our kids. They aren't worried about their own personal agendas....they are worried about OUR KIDS! AMEN TO DISTRICT!
Pulling a principal from their students is NOT thinking about the kids. It's a Power trip for you and your board. Thinking of the kids would be to wait 20 or 30 days until after the kids are done for the year. My child wants mr comer there for kindergarten graduation.
Appalled

Erlanger, KY

#37 Apr 17, 2012
William Brooks, do you have a child that attends VFES? If not, then I would respectfully suggest that you not try to explain to those of who do what is best for our kids. Our kids love that Mr. Comer knows every one of them, their birthday and how they are performing in class. Unless you have a child that comes home excited because Mr. Comer visited their classroom and knows what is going on his school, then you can't fully understand what someone who is 100% committed to the kids of this district looks like. I believe that the administrators and school board have made a major miscalculation, because they will soon be reminded of just how involved the parents of VFES really are!
Stumped Parent

Falmouth, KY

#38 Apr 17, 2012
Appalled wrote:
William Brooks, do you have a child that attends VFES? If not, then I would respectfully suggest that you not try to explain to those of who do what is best for our kids. Our kids love that Mr. Comer knows every one of them, their birthday and how they are performing in class. Unless you have a child that comes home excited because Mr. Comer visited their classroom and knows what is going on his school, then you can't fully understand what someone who is 100% committed to the kids of this district looks like. I believe that the administrators and school board have made a major miscalculation, because they will soon be reminded of just how involved the parents of VFES really are!
Seriously, Appalled? Mr. Comer is 100% committed to the kids of THIS district. Have you heard he CHOSE to leave V-F and start a school that only SOME of the kids will be able to attend? You might re-calculate - that does not equal 100% AT ALL. Again, this is odd that parents would choose to support a man that does not want to stay with their children...
District Parent

Bowling Green, KY

#39 Apr 17, 2012
Appalled wrote:
William Brooks, do you have a child that attends VFES? If not, then I would respectfully suggest that you not try to explain to those of who do what is best for our kids. Our kids love that Mr. Comer knows every one of them, their birthday and how they are performing in class. Unless you have a child that comes home excited because Mr. Comer visited their classroom and knows what is going on his school, then you can't fully understand what someone who is 100% committed to the kids of this district looks like. I believe that the administrators and school board have made a major miscalculation, because they will soon be reminded of just how involved the parents of VFES really are!
Getting testy? Are you talking about the same Comer that was mentioned in several posts in the ire thread as being someone that doesn't follow through on items? And do you think the trais are reserved for only him? Go to ANY school in this district and you will find a principal that loves their students, knows them by name, and knows how they are doing? Why? Because that's a principals job. Comer could have kept his had he remembered that the he works for those kids instead of undermining their future. The kids are too young to realize that he abandoned them the day he filed that charter. Don't act like you speak for the whole VFES community when some are happy to see the end of this era.
Yes for the kids

Louisville, KY

#40 Apr 17, 2012
Stumped Parent wrote:
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Seriously, Appalled? Mr. Comer is 100% committed to the kids of THIS district. Have you heard he CHOSE to leave V-F and start a school that only SOME of the kids will be able to attend? You might re-calculate - that does not equal 100% AT ALL. Again, this is odd that parents would choose to support a man that does not want to stay with their children...
VFES only goes to 5th grade. For him to start a new school means being with the kids from k-12!

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