'Slowing down school changes'

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The School District of Beloit is moving too quickly to make changes.

The rationale is that test scores are low. Test scores are low because of constant turnover from the superintendent level down to the teacher level, not because of which grade levels are in which building. The 8th grade students have had 5 different superintendents (or acting or interim superintendents) during their years at the Intermediate level. How many other changes have happened at that time that could impact test scores? The schools have worked hard to create a family atmosphere, which will now be lost.

You could have a 5th grade student that left an elementary (K4-3) school, is now at an intermediate school (4-8) and may be moved to a different elementary school (K4-6?), depending on the new boundaries. Students currently in 7th grade will leave a school family they have known for 4 years to get put in a new building for one year. The new plan does not eliminate any transitions, it simply re-schedules them. Students will not have any sense of belonging anywhere in the district. Perhaps we should try to offer stability instead of more changes.

Dr. Munro has been in the district less than 6 months and is railroading through changes without enough time for concrete plans, community comments and engagement. They state they welcome community involvement, but task force meetings are not on the district calendar, meetings are not shown on cable access and are not allowed to be live-streamed. Not every parent can attend the meetings due to work and child care arrangements. We need to slow down and make smart changes.

Carol Rochester

Beloit

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