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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Unlimited School of Choice in the 2012/13 school year in Clarkston High School?

Are you interested in the district having unlimited School of Choice in the 2012/2013 school year and beyond?

In regard to CSMTech, Advanced Studies, and the IB programs, the district could be attracting high performing students, but as Dr. Rock has noted, they have never even come close to the limits of incoming students.  However, the "Project Lead the Way" program allows basically anyone to become a CCS "School of Choice" student in the high school and that is a dangerous thing to allow in Clarkston High School.  

Apparently Dr. Rod Rock wants unlimited School of Choice in CHS with the programs they have currently and it is scheduled to be voted on during the 5/21/12 Board meeting...

In violation of District policies, Dr. Rock has put this forward as an "Action" item on the 5/21/12 Board Meeting to make the change to the current School of Choice Programs to make them all "unlimited".  See the Board packet information here (pages 31 to 33 of 204).

Administration has an obligation to get annual approval from the School Board to continue to offer the School of Choice programs.  The violation is that he is proposing a change to the current plan and any change must be put forward as a "Discussion" item (to be discussed and not voted on) at one meeting, and then, after discussion has taken place, it can be placed on the agenda of a following meeting as an "Action" item (to be voted on).  Here is the information from the 5/21/12 Board Packet as of noon on 5/19/12 on item 5.1. 

"Attachment # 5.1
DATE OF BOARD MEETING: May 21, 2012
ITEM: Resolutions for School of Choice Programs
AGENDA LOCATION (please check one)
Check One:
     Consent (Expenditures, Donations, Field Trips – Items not needing board discussion)
     Presentation (Student or Staff Presentations, Recognitions)
X  Action (Items requiring the board to vote or take action, including resolutions)
     Report (Items requiring background information, updates to the board)
     Discussion (Items where board interaction/discussion is needed)
     Information (Items of interest to the board such as meeting dates or other general information items)
"ADMINISTRATOR/BOARD MEMBER SUBMITTING ITEM: Rod Rock

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
It is necessary for the district to resolve to authorize the Superintendent or his designee to accept applications for enrollment by nonresident applicants for the purposes of school of choice for the Clarkston Math, Science and Technology Academy in grades 9-12, the Advanced Studies Program in grades 8-12, the International Baccaluareate Diploma Programme in grades 10-12, and the Project Lead the Way Career Pathway in grades 10-12. In the past, enrollment for some of these school of choice programs was limited. The limits established have never been met. We are recommending that the CSMTech, Advanced Studies, IB and Project Lead the Way programs be "unlimited" for the purposes of better enabling the district to seek applications in an ongoing manner."
Strangely enough, Dr. Rock's evaluation is item 7.2 on the 5/21/12 board meeting and he is showing his disregard for policy by violating district policy.   ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

Please tell the board and Dr. Rock what your opinions are of "unlimited" open enrollment in the School of Choice programs in the high school and tell him you don't care for his bypassing policy by trying to squeak this by the public and the Board by trying to make it seem like it is just a reconfirmation of the programs...  It is NOT!

1 comment:

  1. IT'S TOO LATE NOW!

    Rod Rock pushed for and Cheryl McGinnis allowed the vote to go through (and it passed). CCS now has unlimited Schools of Choice in Clarkston Math, Science and Technology Academy in grades 9-12, the Advanced Studies Program in grades 8-12, the International Baccaluareate Diploma Programme in grades 10-12, and the Project Lead the Way Career Pathway in grades 10-12.

    "Project Lead the Way" has no real requirements to be accepted.

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