Brent Comer? Charter School?
Wake up

Erlanger, KY

#148 Apr 22, 2012
I have read several of the comments listed on this site about the new charter school and I must say I have to laugh. First and foremost quit bashing Mr. Slaton. He is highly educated and a transplant to your community, in other words he knows what is best for all of you. Second quit wanting another option for educating children. Public school teachers and members of the SCSD2 are highly educated, moral people and are not self serving, they know what is best for your kids and community just like Mr. Slaton.

The simple fact is this, there should be more tax dollars being spent on SCSD2. This has been proven over the last 30 years at a national level to work to improve education. Just look at what has went on in the state of Wisconsin. The govenment tried to reform their current situation and the powerfull teachers union said NO. Good for them, the people of Wisconsin are not smart enough to know what is best for them, teachers and administrators are only qualified. Same holds true in this current situation. This is no power grab, or trying to save current jobs or what other conspiracy idea some have floated. This is just about professional people doing what is in the best intrest of the children.

Now all of you VIA supporters need to rethink your actions. Read the posts of the SCSD2 supporters and understand this has always been about the kids.
pro options

Louisville, KY

#149 Apr 22, 2012
I have no sides in this. I am simply pro education. I feel that both parties are doing what they feel is best for the community. I see that the Via folks are not posting and have not made any statements. As a business owner I see they are very smart in that. They have no need to defend themselves because they obviously believe they have a good quality "product". No matter what others say they seem to be aware that they will just hold still---stay quiet and let everyone see for themselves.(now I might be wrong---they might open up and be horrible but only time will tell) As for SCSD2 I'm very sad at the way they are handing--it seems like they are very fearful. They have said many times they might have to close a school and now the paper says that as well. However, now they are saying they never said that and that even the paper is wrong??? It feels like if this charter school happens it will just give them a person to blame for the closing of a school instead of admitting what they had previously decided.
Jamie J Williams

Woodburn, IN

#150 Apr 22, 2012
The bottom line then, is who gets the state money to educate the children in Scott County? Just as with any business, the supplier (in this case school) that provides the best service to the customer (in this case the children of Scott County), would obtain the funding. I see this as a way to force schools to provide education excellence to ALL children and to value ALL children for their diverse talents and personalities. Parents, ultimately would decide which school their children attend and thus the parent and child would have options.
Marc Slaton wrote:
Jamie- good question. Having two high school options for students is a great thing and I think in the long run, the community will benefit.
The biggest difference this time is this: New Tech is a part of Scott County School District 2. Via Charter School, while still an option and choice for parents, is not a part of the existing district. With the way the economy has been for the last few years, SCSD2 has been working with a declining budget already. Thus, the district could potentially lose additional dollars as students leave. Thus impacting the district and all the students still at SCSD2. One example of what could happen ultimately depending on what the financial impact is could be the closing of one of our "A rated" elementary schools.
Hopefully that will help some folks understand the difference this time.
Marc Slaton

Seymour, IN

#151 Apr 22, 2012
Pro Choice- SCSD2 has been discussing options to address a budget shortfall since October 4th, 2011. There is a list of about 9 or so options on that list. Those meetings are open, public board meetings, just like all the regular business board meetings.

One of the items listed, at the bottom of that list, is to close an elementary building. However, it has been said time and again that is a last resort option for SCSD2. If it were to come to fruition that a building would have to be closed, there has been much public speculation as to which one that would be. However, SCSD2 has never stated one elementary school over another. SCSD2 has only stated that we will do everything that we can to make that option a last resort.

Hopefully this will clear up any confusion that yesterday's news article created.
makes sense

Louisville, KY

#152 Apr 22, 2012
If they absolutely have to close a school then it only makes sense to close Vienna instead of the outer lying schools. I mean, it's the closest to town so those students can just go in town, it will have no principal and if Mr. Comer is trying to take as many students and staff with him from there then close it and the district will not have to do as much redistricting in the future. It's a sad thing to think about but it makes sense in my opinion.
SCSD2 Parent

Bowling Green, KY

#153 Apr 22, 2012
Jamie J Williams wrote:
The bottom line then, is who gets the state money to educate the children in Scott County? Just as with any business, the supplier (in this case school) that provides the best service to the customer (in this case the children of Scott County), would obtain the funding. I see this as a way to force schools to provide education excellence to ALL children and to value ALL children for their diverse talents and personalities. Parents, ultimately would decide which school their children attend and thus the parent and child would have options.
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So what defense does the charter school have since it has restrictions in place to keep it from valuing and providing education for ALL students. No transportation is going to close this off as an option for most lower income children living outside the city limits.
And I am curious how this is an option when it's own proposal seems to, at best, misrepresent itself. Indiana State isn't backing it as the proposal suggestion. Nor is Hanover College. They say they'll have a IB curricula, but are missing key components of the program and don't seem to be registered with the IB organization. I understand that they'll be backers of this just because they have a personal beef with the schools, but I'm not seeing this as a positive option, especially if it means it'll close an A rated school. Charter Schools are supposed to be a positive in the community, not wreck a community by closing a school that can, to borrow your quote, "provide education(al) excellence to ALL children and to value ALL children." The schools of Johnson, Lexington, and Vienna...all A rated and all possibly under the chopping block....are already doing that.
Not a State fan

Falmouth, KY

#154 Apr 22, 2012
Basically, if you love what Tony Bennett and Mitch Daniels have done for education in Indiana, you will love Via. After all, that is who is backing Comer. We remember the type of teacher Tony Bennett was while at SHS - not good; and Daniels just "lost" a few million dollars until education was slashed....and Comer sat in SCSD2 administrative meetings while plotting against the corporation. Yeah, those are three 'trustworthy' men to follow...
Interesting

Falmouth, KY

#155 Apr 22, 2012
In the Via applicatinon under C. "We Enroll Families"

Parents will be required to donate a minimum of ten service hours to the school per semester.

On enrollment forms, families will be asked to list any talents or resources family members may be willing to contribute to the success of the school.

I'm so glad Via isn't targeting just the 'haves'...
Watchdog

Thorntown, IN

#156 Apr 22, 2012
Standing up wrote:
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Brent Comer doesn't to anything publicly. Remeber everything he has done has been behind closed doors and behind the backs of the people he was supposed to be leading. As far as the kids being upset, whatever. The kids will follow their parents' lead. Just explain to them that Mr. Comer wasn't really 'there' anyway - his heart is looking toward Via....where most of them won't be accepted.
Yes, it does make me feel better that Mr. Slatan will reach out to the public where the public is meetiing already. Brent is just in hiding still....
This comment is so true-watchdogs are in the building daily-and overhear alot--kids do follow the parents lead, and if they build all this drama into it- grow up! You do want a real leader for your kids, I hope! Hidden personal agendas for more than just Brent. Young teachers are going-but of course, have to be cool and "upset" right now. They are even taking this watchdog program and using it for the benefit of VIA--according to the application, this program was modeled for the VIA benefit! Used the volunteers for thier own agenda as well. Qualified teachers graduate every semester-let him have whoever is willing to follow.
VFE parent

Fort Wayne, IN

#157 Apr 23, 2012
IRONIC wrote:
It is ironic that so many people want to label Brent as "money hungry" and yet all you want to discuss is the amount of money the school district will lose. Why would you fear a charter school if the school district is doing such a good job??? If you are correct and the schools are wonderful, no one will take their kids to the new school and you will have nothing to worry about.
The truth, however, is that Brent is probably sick and tired of working for a board of elected individuals with no credentials and no knowledge of how to best educate our children. Does anyone think it is strange that there is no requirement to have any formal education to sit on the school board???
Believe me when I say that you will not find the dedication and geniune love Brent shows the children at VFES at some of the other schools in this school district (I do understand there are other great principles in the school district). I feel confident that if Brent wants to start a charter school, it is ALL about the children of this community.
My guess is that he will target children who are academically advanced. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible for the teachers in this district to challenge academically advanced children because they are too busy trying to get the kid who didn't have breakfast, doesn't have a coat and never brings back their homework to learn basic skills. If the people on this blog want to bury their heads in the sand and act like we live in some kind of "Mayberry" by all means procede, but the reality is that many of the mothers and fathers of our children are shooting up, smoking up and snorting up drugs and don't give a **** about their children or their education. Honestly, I don't know how the teachers in this community do it. I applaud them all for their effort, but the location of my home will never impede me from seeking out the best for my children.
So, until they open an orphanage in this community (which I would gladly volunteer to work at) and ALL of our children have the ability to come to school ready to learn, I refuse to let the toxins in this community limit my children. If that makes me a bad person then I can live with that!
SO VERY WELL SAID!!!
VERY CONCERNED PERSON

Lexington, KY

#158 Apr 23, 2012
Standing up wrote:
Does anyone else notice that Mr. Slaton is answering some questions for us. He is giving us factual information and taking the time to address our concerns. He has also had to deal with people that are rude and stoop to childish comments like calling him Satan and saying things about his wife. And still, he is trying to help us - ALL the people with concerns and questions.
Mr. Comer, on the other hand, has a lot of questions he COULD answer, but isn't. He isn't addressing any of the concerns posted in this site and HIS NAME IS IN SUBJECT line.
Is he waiting on Tony Bennett and Mitch Daniels to do his talking for him? Or is this just the way he works - behind closed doors and in secret? Either way, THANK YOU MR. SLATON for taking YOUR time to deal with ALL the public - not just CHOSEN ones.
AMEN COULDNT OF SAID IT ANY BETTER! WAY TO GO MARC SLATON!
SES parent - Brianne Lott

Scottsburg, IN

#159 Apr 23, 2012
Interesting wrote:
In the Via applicatinon under C. "We Enroll Families"
Parents will be required to donate a minimum of ten service hours to the school per semester.
On enrollment forms, families will be asked to list any talents or resources family members may be willing to contribute to the success of the school.
I'm so glad Via isn't targeting just the 'haves'...
I have a copy of the VIA application and it does not ask for a list of talents or resources. Regarding the ten service hours, I think this is a great idea. Many parents are already doing this, and I know that the SES PTO is requesting that parents volunteer at least 2 hours (I realize there's a significant difference between the two). 10 hours over the course of a semester really isn't too much to invest in your child's education. If you work full time you can use your vacation, if you must, to do this. I think it's worth it. If you work part time then you should have the flexibility in your schedule to volunteer occasionally. It comes down to about 1/2 per week.
Info

Falmouth, KY

#160 Apr 23, 2012
SES parent - Brianne Lott wrote:
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I have a copy of the VIA application and it does not ask for a list of talents or resources. Regarding the ten service hours, I think this is a great idea. Many parents are already doing this, and I know that the SES PTO is requesting that parents volunteer at least 2 hours (I realize there's a significant difference between the two). 10 hours over the course of a semester really isn't too much to invest in your child's education. If you work full time you can use your vacation, if you must, to do this. I think it's worth it. If you work part time then you should have the flexibility in your schedule to volunteer occasionally. It comes down to about 1/2 per week.
You might read what is on the state website for the Via School application for Scottsburg. It is there.
SES parent - Brianne Lott

Scottsburg, IN

#161 Apr 23, 2012
Info wrote:
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You might read what is on the state website for the Via School application for Scottsburg. It is there.
I've read the application and I know what you're talking about. I simply stated what is on the application (or isn't on the application) in front of me. I personally don't think it's an unfair question, and the answer to the question (even though it's not on the application) will not determine who is accepted into the school because it's a lottery. Regardless of my public support of VIA, my child may not be accepted because it isn't based on support, academic ability, or parents' resources. Also, our current public schools ask for our resources all of the time, and that's ok, too. I just received a request to send in dontations (again) for the Spring Fling, and I will happily do so.
concerned

Scottsburg, IN

#162 Apr 23, 2012
Wow! I can't believe someone called children "toxins." They are children. And many times there are low-income children, children of drug abusers, etc., who are very "high" academically. But, they will be overlooked by this school as well, because they won't have transportation or the availability of parental support. On the flip side, just because someone comes from a more financially secure home with parents who support them and provide their every desire, doesn't mean these children are academically advanced. It just means they have more money and their parents have more money.

This school, I believe will end up catering to those who have financial means. Not necessarily academically advanced, but just financially better off.
SCSD2 Parent

Bowling Green, KY

#163 Apr 23, 2012
SES parent - Brianne Lott wrote:
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I have a copy of the VIA application and it does not ask for a list of talents or resources. Regarding the ten service hours, I think this is a great idea. Many parents are already doing this, and I know that the SES PTO is requesting that parents volunteer at least 2 hours (I realize there's a significant difference between the two). 10 hours over the course of a semester really isn't too much to invest in your child's education. If you work full time you can use your vacation, if you must, to do this. I think it's worth it. If you work part time then you should have the flexibility in your schedule to volunteer occasionally. It comes down to about 1/2 per week.
There will be parents that will be unable, or legally not permitted, to volunteer. Several minimum wage jobs do not have vacation days. What becomes of the ones that's can't do it? Are those children left behind?
SCSD2 Parent

Bowling Green, KY

#164 Apr 23, 2012
If this isn't about money, explain how Comer's salary and benefits package nears $120k in just 5 years. Within 5 years, his total compensation package grows by nearly 20%. How many people get a raise each year, let alone a 20% raise? I asked a teacher today when they last got a raise...I was told it's been 5 years at least!

Still think it's not about the money? Yes, I'm well aware there's a lot more to it than that, but the people saying he's not in it for the money...then fine, take the same raise you would have gotten within a public school if this is truly a self sacrificing situation.
Info

Falmouth, KY

#165 Apr 23, 2012
SES parent - Brianne Lott wrote:
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I have a copy of the VIA application and it does not ask for a list of talents or resources. Regarding the ten service hours, I think this is a great idea. Many parents are already doing this, and I know that the SES PTO is requesting that parents volunteer at least 2 hours (I realize there's a significant difference between the two). 10 hours over the course of a semester really isn't too much to invest in your child's education. If you work full time you can use your vacation, if you must, to do this. I think it's worth it. If you work part time then you should have the flexibility in your schedule to volunteer occasionally. It comes down to about 1/2 per week.
1. There is a difference between requesting and requiring.
2. I agree. 10 hours isn't too much to invest in your child's education, but it is enough to be a point of elimination.
3. I'm not sure why your application is different than the ap on the website. It is on the website - I just checked it again. That is really odd.
what

Louisville, KY

#166 Apr 23, 2012
concerned wrote:
Wow! I can't believe someone called children "toxins." They are children. And many times there are low-income children, children of drug abusers, etc., who are very "high" academically. But, they will be overlooked by this school as well, because they won't have transportation or the availability of parental support. On the flip side, just because someone comes from a more financially secure home with parents who support them and provide their every desire, doesn't mean these children are academically advanced. It just means they have more money and their parents have more money.
This school, I believe will end up catering to those who have financial means. Not necessarily academically advanced, but just financially better off.
I do not agree with you at all. However, if that did end up being the case then HELLO THE KIDS THAT ARE LEFT AT SCSD2 will be getting a WONDERFUL education because people on here say they are a great school and that we don't need another school because ours is A rated even though many or on PROBATION.
Confused

Falmouth, KY

#167 Apr 23, 2012
what wrote:
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I do not agree with you at all. However, if that did end up being the case then HELLO THE KIDS THAT ARE LEFT AT SCSD2 will be getting a WONDERFUL education because people on here say they are a great school and that we don't need another school because ours is A rated even though many or on PROBATION.
MANY are on probation? 1 out of the 4 elementary schools were on probation and none of the secondary. The other 3 elementary schools are A rated in the state on Indiana. Scottsburg Elementary has also shown great growth and improvement with their new administration. Before you come on here making snide comments at least know what you are talking about.

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