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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby bob_rx2000 » Fri Oct 23, 2015 6:59 am

Happy Mom wrote:In my opinion, the Superintendent and School Board have done absolutely NOTHING!!! They are totally delusional if they think they will get these students back.... the lack of leadership, lack of discipline and total disrespect of Authority by the kids and their parents are the problems... :roll:

South Bend schools officials say enrollment decline will require "adjustments"
South Bend school district markets magnet programs

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“We fully expect we will have a number of the students come back because of the quality of our programs,” Schmidt said. :liar: :lol: :lol:
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Soccermom, you have to read what the superintendent said very carefully. As you do, you must also remember "words have meaning" and that she met exactly what she said and may not be a liar or delusional. Many kids may come back to the SBCSC because of the quality of programs - it is the only district from which they can possibly hope to graduate.
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Re: State of the SBCSC

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New rules threaten college credit programs in Indiana high schools
Revised credentialing guidelines disqualify majority of area teachers

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Teachers up to speed?
The Higher Learning Commission, the accrediting agency for colleges and universities in Indiana, has revised its guidelines for high school teachers of “core” dual credit courses, effective September 2017.
Here’s how local school districts fare:
• South Bend Community School Corp.
Number of core dual credit teachers: 46
Number who with certainty currently meet the impending guidelines: 29

• Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp.
Number of core dual credit teachers: 28
Number who meet the impending guidelines: 1
• School City of Mishawaka
Number of core dual credit teachers: 9
Number who meets the impending guidelines: 1

Sources: Local school districts provided data

Posted: Sunday, November 1, 2015 5:00 am | Updated: 7:06 pm, Sun Nov 1, 2015.
By Kim Kilbride South Bend Tribune

Amy Foley has taught math and physics classes that count toward both high school and college credit at Mishawaka High School for 18 years. But a revision to a rule by the organization that governs dual credit courses in Indiana will render her and the majority of her colleagues unable to teach those classes without first getting more graduate-level credits herself.
This summer, the Higher Learning Commission, an organization that accredits colleges and universities in Indiana and other states, revised what an official said has been a long-standing expectation: Teachers of general education courses must have a master’s degree with at least 18 graduate credit courses in the subjects they teach.

Though Foley doesn’t have a master’s degree, she has 36 graduate credit hours in math, physics and education, but not in a combination that puts her close to a graduate degree in either math or physics.
“More education is always better,” Foley said, “it always gives you a broader background. But it’s just difficult because most master’s programs and classes are designed for full-time students. I’m also a mother of three young children. It would be difficult to find the time, energy and money” to pursue another degree.
But, as the issue stands now, Foley and dozens of her colleagues will have to spend the money and effort to get the necessary graduate credits to keep teaching dual credit courses two years from now. And, if they don’t, students may miss out on a no- or low-cost head start on a college diploma.
State schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz acknowledged by phone last week the issue is likely troubling for teachers.
“They’ve been teaching in these areas,” Ritz said, “have master’s degrees (in teaching), have the credentialing our universities say they need to have and all of a sudden, they’re not qualified…’I’m teaching the same curriculum, why would this make me a better teacher?’ There’s no data that says that’s true.”
Ritz co-chairs, along with Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education, the Indiana Dual Credit Advisory Council, a group that includes several legislators and has been reconstituted to deal with the dual credit teacher credentialing requirements, which were originally set to go into effect a year earlier, but have been pushed up to Sept. 1, 2017.
“We want flexibility,” Ritz said, “…perhaps a grandfathering type of action where those who are teaching now and have been grandfathered in could continue to teach, but perhaps as we bring new staff on board,” we’ll consider, “how will we make sure they have the credentialing needed.”
The legislature could get involved, as well, she said. The council is also talking about what to do if the push back against the HLC (Higher Learning Commission) doesn’t work.
“If this really comes to fruition,” Ritz said, “and our teachers need to have this kind of credentialing, what does this mean and how can we make it happen?”
Districts, high schools scrambling
John Newby, assistant vice president of K-12 Initiatives with Ivy Tech, the state’s largest provider of dual credit courses, said 88 percent of affected teachers in the region — St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall and Kosciusko counties — don’t currently meet the clarified standards to teach the hundreds of students who take dual credit classes here.
Statewide, Newby said, 75 percent of Ivy Tech’s dual credit teachers don’t meet the credentialing standards set to begin in two years. And, he said he’s heard other colleges and universities with dual credit offerings in the state report similar numbers.
“There are three paths that could be taken,” he said, “and probably the right path is somewhere in between. One path is you just throw up your arms and say, ‘well, that’s too bad. I guess we’re going to lose all these dual credits in a couple years.’ The other path is ‘what can we do to get all of these teachers up to speed?’ The third is to cry foul and fight the thing as much as we can.”
But the first solution, a South Bend administrator says, isn’t even on the table.
Every public high school in Indiana has to offer at least two Advanced Placement and two dual credit courses.
“It can’t decimate our dual credit offerings,” Cindy Oudghiri, director of high school programs for South Bend schools, said. “It’s part of our school accountability letter grade. And part of our academic honors diploma.”
In that district, which has four high schools plus an alternative school, $30,000 in federal funding for professional development for teachers is being earmarked over the next two years to allow those dual credit teachers who don’t meet the credentialing guidelines to take graduate level coursework to come up to speed.
The district, Oudghiri said, is partnering with Indiana University South Bend to offer programs for those teachers who are lacking up to 18 graduate hours in the subjects they teach. The vast majority of coursework, Oudghiri said, will be done online.
At Mishawaka High School, where there are nine dual credit teachers of core classes and just one who meets the new guidelines, assistant principal John Ross said pushing off the credentialing requirements for another year would be a great help.
That time period, he said, would give most teachers — many of whom are close — the opportunity to obtain the graduate credit hours they need.
But, there still are unknowns that will have to be worked through, he said.
For example, “Will universities or the state offer incentives to provide low-cost or free tuition?” Ross wondered. … “I’m sure there are a number of teachers throughout the state who would jump on the opportunity to get low-cost graduate credits.”
As for Foley, the Mishawaka math and physics teacher, she’s pleased so far with the administration’s response to the issue.
“They’ve been very encouraging and supportive,” she said. “They understand this is a big deal and it’s going to be asking a lot of their teachers.”
At Penn High School, with 3,400 students, the largest in St. Joseph County, of 28 teachers of core dual credit subjects, just one meets the credentialing requirements set to be effective in 2017, according to an emailed statement from Superintendent Jerry Thacker.
Thacker wrote that the administration and teachers union are working to create financial incentives so the teachers who won’t meet the requirements can earn the necessary credits to do so.
Thacker said he also hopes state legislators and officials can help support school districts in providing those incentives.
Ultimately, he said, he has confidence that a solution will be found by the deadline to allow Penn to continue its dual-credit offerings.
Unintended consequences?
Janet Boyle, executive director of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis, said she’s concerned about how the revised credentialing guidelines, which could result in fewer credentialed teachers and therefore fewer dual credit offerings in Indiana high schools, could hurt some of the most neediest students.
Many students in dual credit programs, such as Early College, tend to be underserved.“It’s not just for honors kids,” she said.
The credentialing mandate, she said, is also happening at a time when Indiana already has a teacher shortage.
And fewer teachers have master’s degrees these days now that salary raises based on educational attainment and years of experience are a thing of the past.
Indiana and other states, Boyle said, will have to address providing incentives for teachers, either via stipends to go back to school or through relief time for the graduate work.
Bottom line: Does a teacher having a master’s degree — or 18 graduate credit hours in the subject they teach — equate to improved classroom instruction?
“I think that’s a mixed bag, quite honestly,” Boyle said. “There’s not a lot of evidence that having a master’s degree makes you a better teacher. But the more you know about your content area, the more depth you can provide.”
Susan Sakimoto, a dual credit physics teacher at Riley High School, said she thinks the HLC’s requirements are reasonable, as do several of her colleagues at the South Bend school.
With a doctorate degree and graduate work in various fields, Sakimoto says she meets the requirements in multiple subject areas.
The revised guidelines, she said, are “both plausible and problematic,” the latter because she’s unsure how successful the enforcement of the guidelines will be. The former, she said, because, “I think it takes several courses PAST the level of the one you are teaching to give you an adequate frame of reference for teaching the course content.” ... 73f01.html
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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:27 am

Too many empty seats in SBCSC
Schools officials discuss declining enrollment, excess building capacity

Too many empty seats in SBCSC
Fourteen of South Bend's 34 school buildings are currently at 60 percent — or less — capacity.

Posted: Sunday, November 29, 2015 5:00 am | Updated: 5:22 am, Sun Nov 29, 2015.
By Kim Kilbride South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — A steady enrollment decline in recent years exacerbated this fall by the opening of a new charter school here and the exodus of 800 more students — some to school systems bordering the city — has left South Bend Community School Corp. with more space than it needs in the majority of its schools.
A Tribune analysis found 14 of the district’s 34 school buildings have room to serve at least 40 percent more students. Five: Rise Up Academy, an alternative school in the Eggleston building, the Studebaker Center, and Greene, Edison and Jackson intermediate centers, are all half empty. Or more.
To save money, the district three years ago contemplated shuttering Greene, Perley Fine Arts Academy and the Eggleston building.
Ultimately, other ways were chosen to reduce the budget and none of those closings came to fruition.
After Greene, a far south-side school in a farming community with an enrollment then of 345, was spared, it was reinvented with a curriculum focused on an environmental theme. District officials hoped the change would attract students from outside South Bend schools and help the school retain its own kids. But since then, Greene's enrollment has declined to 214.
South Bend schools officials have just begun talking about how to deal with the district’s sparsely-populated buildings left in the wake of the departure of students and families.
Superintendent Carole Schmidt said the first question to ask is "What would be the goal?" (Wouldn't that be her job years ago? What has she done?)
“To save money? Provide more diverse programming? … You have to consider what it is you’re trying to solve,” she said by phone last week. “That’s a long-term process.”
Schmidt said she is not in favor of closing schools, which is estimated to save $300,000 annually for a primary center and $700,000 for an intermediate.
“You still have to serve those kids,” she said. “You still have to maintain the building and keep it weather safe. And, you open up to (having the building taken over by) a charter. I’ll tell you flat out, that’s not something I’m going to recommend.”
Some buildings, such as Washington High School, may be "under-enrolled," Schmidt said. But, they’re retrofitted for specialized programs — the medical magnet in Washington’s case. So, it’s too simplistic, she said, to look only at enrollment and capacity when considering what should become of underused space and under-enrolled schools.

Plus, she said, any school closure, new school openings or redistricting would require permission from the U.S. Department of Justice because the district operates under a consent decree to desegregate black students.
“You’re looking at a year to a year and a half” timeline, she said.
School board member Bill Sniadecki recently proposed the district consider opening two kindergarten through eighth-grade schools, one on either side of town, that would each offer a smattering of the specialized curriculum from each of the district’s high school magnet programs, from Riley’s engineering and technology to Clay’s fine and performing arts.
It would help South Bend retain the students it has, he said, and attract new ones, and the state tuition dollars that come with them, from neighboring districts.
It’s an idea that two of his colleagues on the board are at least mildly interested in.
Board Vice President Maritza Robles said she’s open to exploring the K-8 magnets idea, but she’s interested in coming up with a plan or plans that include a variety of potential solutions to the district’s declining enrollment and excess capacity problems, and then seeking community input before deciding how to move forward.
Robles said she also thinks the district should come up with a more aggressive marketing plan to attract out-of-district students.
South Bend hasn’t adequately advertised programs like the environmental-themed curriculum at Greene and the high ability programs at LaSalle and Kennedy, to name a few, she contends.
With such a significant loss of students, board member John Anella said, public discussions about what happens next have to take place.
“We have to be open to entertaining new ideas …,” he said. “I think the board and administration need to explore any and all options to use our resources most efficiently and retain students and ultimately get them back.”
Of the buildings with the most excess capacity, Anella said, “It’s a shame. You’d like to have them used. You’d love to be able to get people in those buildings. And find a way to do it.” ... e7f41.html
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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:39 pm

(She has done NOTHING for SBCSC)

South Bend schools chief retiring

S.B. school board member would have favored searching for a new superintendent

South Bend Community School Corp. Superintendent Carol Schmidt takes notes during a Feb. 2, 2015, school board meeting. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN

Posted: Monday, December 7, 2015 4:03 pm | Updated: 6:07 pm, Mon Dec 7, 2015.
KIM KILBRIDE South Bend Tribune
Posted on Dec 7, 2015

SOUTH BEND — With the deadline approaching for the school board to either cancel or allow for the automatic extension of her contract, South Bend Community School Corp. Superintendent Carole Schmidt announced Monday afternoon she’s leaving the district at the end of the school year.
Earlier Monday, in response to questions from The Tribune, board President Jay Caponigro said the board had no plans to cancel Schmidt’s contract, a move that — had the board pursued it — legally would have had to happen before year’s end.
After Schmidt announced her retirement, Caponigro declined to "speculate" on whether the board would have kept Schmidt on had she not decided to leave.
Appointed interim superintendent in June 2011, Schmidt, whose slogan for the district has been “Quality learning for every student every day,” replaced Jim Kapsa.
A spokeswoman for the district said Schmidt on Monday was at a conference and unavailable for comment.
In the news release announcing her retirement, Schmidt said South Bend has many dedicated teachers and parents.

“I have been blessed to have spent my entire career in public education,” she said in the release, “and will continue to be a champion for it in the next phase of my personal and professional life.”
Caponigro said Schmidt contributed much to the school system. :liar:
“I’m glad to see she’s retiring after such a positive effort to bring preschool to hundreds of children this year who’ve been sitting on a waiting list," he said, adding the district has become more "automated" during Schmidt’s tenure, and has expanded the amount of professional development available to teachers.
“Our next superintendent is poised to come in and reap the benefits,” Caponigro said.
Board member Bill Sniadecki had a different take. He said he’s hopeful that Schmidt’s departure will pave the way for the school corporation to make some needed improvements.
“When she started,” he said of Schmidt, “we had seven failing schools. Now, we have 15. And, we’ve lost almost 2,000 students. (Now) the board can look into the future and take some drastic steps to go back the other way.”

Under Schmidt’s leadership, the corporation:
• Expanded its Montessori magnet school.
• Implemented a two-hour delay school start option for the first time.
• Saw Dickinson Intermediate Fine Arts Academy rise from an “F” school four years in a row to an “A” in 2012, improving more than any other middle school in the state.
• For the first time in years undertook a major overhaul of the system's code of conduct in 2014.
• Forged partnerships between the schools, the city, the University of Notre Dame and other organizations.
Schmidt’s tenure with in district, however, began on a controversial note.
Current board member Dawn Jones cast one of the two dissenting votes against her hiring and asked fellow board members to consider bringing in more candidates. A group of religious leaders also criticized the board for hiring her.
And there were controversies that continued during her tenure.
• Two years into the job, it was revealed that although she checked "yes" to a question on her application asking if she had a superintendent’s endorsement for the state in which she was seeking work, Schmidt did not have an Indiana license. Shortly after that story broke, she received one.
• The district eased off a student ticketing policy last year after a Tribune investigation found errors and inconsistencies with the practice in which school resource officers had been issuing tickets, with adult consequences, to students as young as 10 years old.
• The administration came under fire this year after the director of African American student/parent services organized a series of college field trips for black students. Some parents complained that the trips should have been open to everyone and the issue garnered national media attention, primarily from Fox News stations. Ultimately, Schmidt canceled the trips.
• It came to light in June that a series of payroll errors resulted in the corporation overpaying 48 teachers last school year. The matter ultimately cost the system more than $315,000.
• Last year, more of South Bend’s schools — 11 — fell into "priority" status with the state because of consistently low school grades, which are largely based on standardized test scores.
• The district has lost more than 800 students — and the funding that they bring — this school year alone.
Caponigro said the board will vote on accepting Schmidt’s retirement at next week’s meeting, the last regular one of the year.
Then, board members will begin to talk about the process of and timeline for hiring a new superintendent.
“I’d like to get some input from members of the community,” he said, adding he believes there is enough time to potentially find a permanent candidate to replace the superintendent before her July 1, 2016, departure.
Schmidt is paid $186,000 a year plus benefits, bringing the actual value of her contract to $239,024. ... ge&photo=0
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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:20 pm

South Bend schools bus drivers not happy with proposed 2 percent raise
Union members address school board


South Bend schools bus drivers complain about potential 2 percent raise
Becky Malewitz, South Bend Tribune
A group of South Bend Community School Corp. bus drivers dressed in green came to the school board meeting Monday to express their dissatisfaction with the apparent 2 percent raised they've been offered. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ
Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 9:00 am | Updated: 10:45 am, Tue Jan 26, 2016.
By Kim Kilbride South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Several school bus drivers expressed their dissatisfaction Monday night with ongoing contract talks with the South Bend Community School Corp.
Dozens of bus drivers, wearing green T-shirts with the Local 686 logo, showed up to the school board meeting, and 10 of them spoke during the public comment portion at the end of the meeting, expressing concern about the apparent 2 percent raise they’ve been offered as they negotiate for a new contract.
Debra Nyikos said she’s been a bus driver in South Bend for 35 years.
“I enjoy my job, but I’m not happy with 2 percent,” she said.
Nyikos said she makes $17 per hour. So, for her, a 2 percent raise would amount to 34 cents per hour.
Donna Dandino, a 33-year driver, pointed out that step increases for bus drivers also were eliminated five years ago.
After the drivers spoke, school board President Jay Caponigro told the audience he wouldn’t comment on the matter because negotiations with the drivers union are ongoing.
But prior to the meeting that started at 5:30 p.m., school district spokeswoman Sue Coney said 18 bus drivers told the administration on Monday that they would not be driving their after-school routes that day.
Coney said other drivers pitched in to get students to the two intermediate center athletic competitions that were scheduled Monday.
During the public comment part of the meeting, some drivers talked about poor morale in the transportation department. Dispatchers, several said, sometimes ignore them when they call in on the radio or speak to them disrespectfully.
Bus driver Rick Newman said the department has a difficult time keeping employees because drivers aren’t happy.
However, he said, “the wage is ultimately the cure for a whole lot of ailments.”
At the end of last school year, district officials admitted there was a bus driver shortage that was wreaking havoc on the district’s transportation services, at times causing students to be more than an hour late arriving at and getting home from school.
At the time, bus drivers The Tribune spoke with said absenteeism was high among drivers and morale was extremely low. They also said the department was fraught with communication and organizational problems relating to everything from open positions not being posted as required, to a complete lack of grasp of routing, which left drivers wondering which students were riding buses and which ones were not.
This school year, however, a new transportation director was hired. And school officials have said the driver shortage has improved. ... 8e1c4.html
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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:14 am

Another high-ranking South Bend school administrator may be on way out
Ericka Harris worked with retiring superintendent Carole Schmidt in Benton Harbor previously

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The South Bend Community School Corporation building in downtown South Bend. SBT File Photo/GREG SWIERCZ
Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2016 6:00 am | Updated: 6:01 am, Sat Jan 30, 2016.
By Kim Kilbride South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — A little more than a month after South Bend Community School Corp. Superintendent Carole Schmidt announced her retirement at the end of this school year, the school board has signaled that it may not keep a second high-ranking central office administrator who worked with Schmidt years ago in another district.
At Monday’s school board meeting, the board voted to serve Ericka Harris, chief officer of education and innovation services for South Bend schools, with a notice that her contract may not be renewed for next school year.
When asked why Harris may be let go, school board President Jay Caponigro declined to comment on the matter Friday.
Harris was hired in South Bend in 2012. She worked with Schmidt as director of teaching and learning in Benton Harbor Area Schools when Schmidt was superintendent there from 2007 to 2010.
Schmidt became interim superintendent in South Bend in 2011 and was named to the permanent position in 2012.
With the deadline approaching for the school board either to cancel or allow for the automatic extension of her contract, Schmidt announced last month that she’s leaving the district at the end of the school year.
The board is in the midst of finding a replacement for her. ... 8223d.html
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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:14 pm

South Bend school board approves new contract with bus drivers
Pact brings 2% pay hikes this year and in 2017

South Bend school board approves new contract with bus drivers
Robert Franklin, South Bend Tribune
A South Bend Community School Corp. bus leaves Coquillard Primary Center on Monday.Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN
Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 7:55 am | Updated: 8:06 am, Tue Mar 1, 2016.
By Kim Kilbride South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — South Bend Community School Corp. bus drivers, some of whom have been embroiled with the administration over issues of pay and working conditions, have a new contract.
At a recent meeting, the school board unanimously approved a two-year agreement with AFSCME, the public services employees union that represents bus drivers here. It’s retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year.
Drivers will receive a 2 percent pay increase this year and a 2 percent increase in 2017. The bus drivers’ previous contract provided a 2 percent raise in 2015 and a 1 percent increase in 2014.
Hourly rates for regular positions for beginning bus drivers now range from $16.75 to $17.47.
Cheryl Greene, executive director for human resources and legal services for South Bend schools, said the new contract is very similar to the old one.
The one exception is various changes relating to deductibles and co-payments for the school district’s employee health insurance, she said.
On Monday, Deb Ward, president of Local 686, did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Dozens of bus drivers, wearing green T-shirts with the Local 686 logo, flooded a school board meeting in January to express concern about the 2 percent raise they’d been offered during negotiations.
About 10 also spoke during the public comment part of the meeting, saying they deserved a higher raise. Some also complained about poor morale in the transportation department caused in part by disrespectful treatment of drivers by parents and, at times, even their own dispatchers.
In recent weeks, absenteeism among drivers has been high with 15 to 20 of the some 200 calling off from work each day.
Before the new contract was approved, the district sought and received a temporary restraining order requiring drivers to continue working while the details of the agreement were being hammered out.
South Bend schools also sought a permanent injunction to prohibit the union from striking.
But just a day before the hearing, the school corporation canceled it. And, the district and the union put out a joint statement suggesting the sides had become amicable.
Greene, the human resources director, said the district continues to monitor driver attendance on a daily basis.
At the end of last school year, district officials confirmed absenteeism among drivers was high and coupled with a driver shortage it was wreaking havoc on the transportation department, at times causing students to be more than an hour late arriving at and getting home from school.
Bus drivers The Tribune spoke with at the time, along with Ward, said morale was low because of a culture of favoritism, disrespect and mistreatment by management and supervisors. They also said the department suffered from communications and organizational problems.
The district hired a new transportation director, Mel Falkner, who began this school year.
Though Ward has told The Tribune conditions have improved since his hire, several other bus drivers have said that’s not the case.
The school board also recently approved new contracts for food service workers, office employees and paraprofessionals. Nonunion employees also will receive a 2 percent wage increase, Greene said, retroactive to Aug. 1, 2015. ... 8032a.html
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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:37 pm

SB school bus delays spark privatization talk

By Mark Peterson | Posted: Fri 6:32 PM, Mar 18, 2016 | Updated: Fri 7:02 PM, Mar 18, 2016

This week, the parent of a South Bend school student complained that her child’s bus ran two hours late, three days in a row.

“I’m not a privatization guy, I’m usually against that,” said South Bend School Board Member William Sniadecki. “I want to look into maybe look into contracting the bus services out, where we have management and possibly the drivers being managed by an outside firm.”

The school system has been battling a bus driver shortage. While some progress has been made, delays of some sort are pretty much an everyday occurrence.

“We still have late busses and those are as a result of the lack of drivers,” said Superintendent Dr. Carole Schmidt. “When you look at the big picture we’re far better off this year, right now, at this time than we were last year at this time.”

The administration believes it is making progress and has turned the corner—that things are getting better, instead of worse.

As for the possibility of privatization, that’s a trip the superintendent has taken before.

“When I was In Benton Harbor we went to Student First, we contracted with them. That was a very painful and difficult process from my perspective because the employees are people who live in our district,” said Dr. Schmidt. “Even though they got a little bit of a bump in pay by working with the privatization company, the privatized company, their benefits were drastically cut.”

William Sniadecki plans on bringing up the subject at the next school board meeting on Monday. He feels it’s essential for the South Bend School district to have reliable bus service to keep its competitive advantage over charter and private schools that don’t offer transportation.

Meantime, the administration is now studying its current bus routes for efficiencies. The routes were designed for a time when some 14,000 students rode the bus to class. Thanks to a dwindling enrollment, only 9,000 are bus riders now. ... 16851.html
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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:11 pm

This is one of the reasons we are losing teachers, the total crap they have to put up with by Parents and their offspring. The disrespect is rampant and disgusting.... Let the Teachers teach and parents be responsible for their child's behavior. :twisted:

Parent accuses South Bend Community Schools of discrimination
Posted: Jun 14, 2016 11:00 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 15, 2016 12:08 AM EDT
By Taurean SmallCONNECT


One South Bend Community Schools parent is speaking out against the mistreatment of her son. :liar: :naughty: :hand:

She says is a pattern of behavior by some teachers that’s breeding a culture of racial discrimination in the corporation. (I thought that is why we had that Black Asst. Superintendent for African American students???)

“Just that humiliation and him getting into my car, to me that’s some form of just unfair treatment, he’s only eight,”
said parent Monique Love. :doh: :roll: :think:

Love says was hesitant to go public with her son’s story because she’s also a teacher in the district and she’s the daughter of school board member dawn Jones. (That's scary!)

She says she didn’t want to her situation to impact others but after what she’s calling inaction from this district, she says enough is enough.

“I’m bringing awareness to an issue but I’m being handled with hostility like I’m doing something wrong,” she said. :liar: :naughty: :hand:

Love says her eight-year-old son had to endure unnecessary stress during his final weeks of school. :angry-soapbox: :confusion-scratchheadyellow: :crying-yellow: :crying-pink: :confusion-shrug:

“In the weeks of April 11, April 18, and April 25, my son continuously felt uncomfortable and was the victim of numerous derogatory remarks and actions by his teacher,” said Love. :confusion-scratchheadyellow: :confusion-questionmarks: :crying-yellow: :crying-blue: :crying-green:

Love read a prepared statement to me and the members of NAACP Tuesday.

One similar to sentiments she shared during last week’s school board meeting.
“The allegations towards my son and in fact never occurred on his behalf,” she told the board last week.
:confusion-seeingstars: :confusion-shrug: :crying-yellow:

What she referenced both nights was an incident involving her son’s teacher at Wilson Primary Center.

Love says her son was the target of verbal abuse several times leading up to an accusation that her son had pushed the teacher in the hallway.

‘The next day I had a chance to view a video of the incident,” she said. “The footage revealed that my son did not run, he did not push his teacher, in fact his hands were clasped in front of him as he waited his turn in line.”

After a meeting with the school’s administration, members of the school board and superintendent. Love says nothing has been done.

So she’s turning to the NAACP to bring to light more issues like this in the district.

“Please know that is our goal to bring these injustices to light in order to address the inequities in our corporation and work together to strengthen our public school system,” said NAACP member Regina Williams-Preston.

Love is calling for a public apology and district-wide cultural competency training among other things.

A representative for the school district sent in a statement regarding Love's complaints.

The statement read:

SBCSC is committed to providing an educational environment free from all forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and takes these matters very seriously. Whenever the SBCSC receives a complaint alleging that conduct is racially motivated, the School Corporation follows its protocols to aggressively and thoroughly investigate. In this particular instance, the SBCSC received a complaint alleging that a teacher engaged in conduct that was racially motivated. In accordance with its protocols, the SBCSC interviewed the complaining parent, the student, the teacher, and all witnesses. This aggressive and thorough investigation was reported to the Superintendent who concluded that the evidence overwhelmingly established that none of the actions taken were racially motivated. As in all student and personnel matters, we cannot comment on any further specific details. However, we can say that even though the allegations did not amount to a violation of SBCSC’s nondiscrimination, anti-harassment, or non-retaliation policies, we have met with the parent on multiple occasions and are offering various supportive services to the family and to the student. The parent has, thus far, chosen to reject these services. The School Corporation's offer of services remains open for this student, and all families and employees can be assured that any forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation will not be tolerated in South Bend schools.

Monique Love says she had received an email from the school's administration Tuesday afternoon ahead of her meeting with ABC 57, offering a social worker for her son. ... rimination
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Local company pays off outstanding reduced lunch accounts for South Bend schools
By Victoria St. Martin South Bend Tribune Dec 20, 2018

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Press Ganey Associates gave South Bend schools $6,604 to pay off the outstanding reduced lunch accounts.

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SOUTH BEND — The spirit of holiday cheer came early for some South Bend Community School Corp. students and their families.

A local health care company has paid off the district’s outstanding reduced lunch accounts, a spokesman said Thursday.

The 209 outstanding accounts totaled more than $6,000. Press Ganey Associates gave school officials a check to pay off the entire balance, school corporation spokesman, George Jones IV said.

This is the first time in recent memory the entire balance has been paid off, said Victoria Moore, the system’s director of Food and Nutrition.

Moore said administrators plan to send holiday cards to households in the coming weeks to let parents know the accounts have been cleared.

“We’re just elated to be a recipient of their goodwill,” she said.

Jones said 1,678 of the system’s 16,590 students receive reduced-price lunches.

Moore added that during the course of the year, even if a student has a balance, they can still eat a meal.


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