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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby bdcbbq » Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:31 am

Happy Mom wrote:
bob_rx2000 wrote:I am trying to recall... Didn't the school board, under the previous superintendent, pay for a study of enrollment and options? Didn't that study suggest enrollment would drop and didn't the board at that time poo poo the outcome and talk about strategies for increasing enrollment at that time? Or was the study just profoundly wrong?

Bob, this School Board has done absolutely nothing, exactly like those buffoons in Washington.... I am in the schools and they are profoundly broken and it all has to do with the liberal agenda. The discipline is non-existent , the patients are running the asylum. Very little teaching is being done and many of the parents are ridiculous.


As the spouse of a teacher I completely agree.
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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:37 am

WOW, instead of coming up with ideas to improve discipline and education, they are spending their time coming up with ways to make more money.



South Bend School Board considers naming rights policy
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POSTED: 10:32 PM EDT Oct 12, 2015 UPDATED: 11:12 PM EDT Oct 12, 2015

South Bend School Board considers naming rights policy

SOUTH BEND -
The South Bend Community Schools Board of Education is considering a policy that involves naming rights and sponsorships.


The board president says due to property tax caps revenue will be down in the coming years. So, the district needs to look for ways to get more revenue.

Jay Caponigro says, "We know that we have a tremendous number of partners in the community that have been asking to work with us already and are looking for ways that they can partner with us in a creative way that's a win win for both."

If passed, a person or business could pay to have something named after them. Classrooms, the gymnasium or athletic fields would all be fair game.

The school board president says the money raised could help pay for things like infrastructure and operations within the district.


Advertising is another big part of the proposal. The policy would institute guidelines that should be followed.

Caponigro says, "Consistent with our policies about healthy food and nutrition and healthy exercise. And, consistent with other values we promote throughout the corporation."

The board will review the policy and any proposed changes. People will have a chance to give their opinions.

The board is expected to vote on the matter next month.

http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/south-be ... y/35807644
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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby bob_rx2000 » Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:45 am

Happy Mom wrote:WOW, instead of coming up with ideas to improve discipline and education, they are spending their time coming up with ways to make more money.


Fascinating. People are voting with their feet to leave the SBCSC and thus enrollment is dropping. Perhaps the school board might consider improving the quality of education in the system and rectifying the problem that way.
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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:57 am

Adams security heightened after teacher threatened



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Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:05 am | Updated: 7:03 am, Tue Oct 13, 2015.
KIM KILBRIDE South Bend Tribune kkilbride@sbtinfo.com

SOUTH BEND — A threat an Adams High School staff member received last week has prompted heightened security at the school.
But a school official says it's not related to a new practice in which students there are required to have an adult escort to the restroom and their lockers when class is in session.

South Bend Police Lt. Eric Crittenden, who also is safety and security director for South Bend schools, said he was notified on Friday that a teacher had been the subject of a personal threat by someone who lives out of state.
“We didn’t know whether this person was coming to the school or not,” Crittendon said today, but "we didn’t want to put the school in a total panic.”
Crittendon said he advised the administration to keep the traffic in the hallways to a bare minimum. “Not writing bathroom passes just to be writing bathroom passes,” he explained, “keeping hallways as clear as possible, because when no one’s in your hallways, no one’s posing a threat.”
A South Bend schools spokeswoman said this morning that Adams Principal James Seitz implemented new procedures beginning today.
“Students asking to leave class to visit the restroom or their locker will need an escort by security or an office aide,” Sue Coney said via email
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However, Crittendon said, the new escort procedure and Friday’s threat are completely unrelated.
“That’s something that the administration decided that they were going to do even before the threat took place,” he said.
There are five full-time security officers who work in the school of some 1,750 students, Coney said.
Seitz notified parents of the procedural change via the district’s phone dialer system on Friday evening.
As for last week’s threat of a staff member, Crittendon said the building is still operating with heightened security, but routines are settling into place.

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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby bdcbbq » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:07 am

The school board president says the money raised could help pay for things like infrastructure and operations within the district.


Creating more need for continuing operating expenses.
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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby bob_rx2000 » Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:34 pm

Just for grins, and because the South Bend Pravda report didn't include it...

According to the state's dept. of education, the SBCSC had an enrollment of 19308 students last year. If they lost 825, as the Pravda report suggests, then the loss was 4.27% of the total. In one year... People are voting with their feet to get out of the system. The demographer thinks they'll see a drop of another 300 or 400 next year, and has been, if I recall correctly, low in his figures every year. Can the district really afford to lose 8% to 10% of enrollment over a period of 2 years and not make substantial changes in the facilities and in the staffing numbers?
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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:58 pm

bob_rx2000 wrote:Just for grins, and because the South Bend Pravda report didn't include it...

According to the state's dept. of education, the SBCSC had an enrollment of 19308 students last year. If they lost 825, as the Pravda report suggests, then the loss was 4.27% of the total. In one year... People are voting with their feet to get out of the system. The demographer thinks they'll see a drop of another 300 or 400 next year, and has been, if I recall correctly, low in his figures every year. Can the district really afford to lose 8% to 10% of enrollment over a period of 2 years and not make substantial changes in the facilities and in the staffing numbers?

I seriously don't know how they are not saving money as far as Teachers. At the school my children attended, they are down over 200 students in five years and the classes are overflowing with students. (included in a 30 student class, are behavior problems, IEP's, and other children that need resources.) They are going to have to close schools...
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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby Buck Wheat » Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:43 pm

Guess who is Patrick Zimmer's hired attorney? SBCSC Board Trustee STAN WRUBLE!

http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/sex-trafficking-stings-in-st-joseph-county-net-2-arrests-100-leads/35802224

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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:21 pm

Buck Wheat wrote:Guess who is Patrick Zimmer's hired attorney? SBCSC Board Trustee STAN WRUBLE!

http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/sex-trafficking-stings-in-st-joseph-county-net-2-arrests-100-leads/35802224

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This member of the School Board, who makes decisions concerning our children, is supporting this scum of the earth, who preys and destroys children... He should resign immediately!


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Sex trafficking stings net 2 indictments, more than 100 leads
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POSTED: 05:03 PM EDT Oct 12, 2015 UPDATED: 06:20 PM EDT Oct 12, 2015


Sex trafficking stings net indictments, more than 100 leads

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY -
The newest tactic to fight child sex trafficking in St. Joseph County is for investigators to set up stings and let the bad guys know they're doing it.


According to court documents, investigators arrested Vinal Rodriguez of Syracuse Thursday after he allegedly answered an online ad, sent text messages to undercover police officers and traveled to St. Joseph County to have sex with 12 and 14-year-old girls.

Once he arrived at the planned location, court documents say Rodriguez "circled [the] area numerous times and continued the conversation with [an] undercover agent via text message," court documents said.

He eventually went inside the home and "...offered to leave and get condoms after the undercover agent learned he did not bring any."

The joint operation between Homeland Security Investigations, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's office, the St. Joseph County Police Department, the South Bend Police Department and the Mishawaka Police Department resulted in Rodriguez's arrest.

During a similar sting in August, investigators say Patrick Zimmer of Mishawaka answered an ad to have sexual contact with 13 and 14-year-old girls.

According to court documents, Zimmer acknowledged the illegality of sex with children but continued to communicate with the undercover officer.

At first, Zimmer was unhappy with the rate offered to have sex with both of the kids, but then "... specifically stated he wanted to have sex with one of the kids without a condom."


St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes prosecutor Eric Tamashasky and investigator Mitch Kajzer say right now they're focus is posting fake ads and answering real ones on Craigs List and Backpage.com.

"Our methods aren't mysterious," Tamashasky said. "We're doing what the bad guys do and we're responding to what the bad guys are. And it's effective."

In child sex trafficking, police say the recruiters track down the victims and in this case it's kids. Handlers (pimps) take the kids to consumers (johns) who pay to have sex with the kids.

"There is a big demand for it here," Kajzer said, noting he and other authorities are going after all the bad guys.

Ethically, Kajzer and Tamashasky said they can't comment on tactics or the specific cases involving Zimmer or Rodriguez because those cases are ongoing.

But in the first sting in August, police offered young girls for sex in exchange for money. In that case, around 35 people responded to the online ad by text messaging undercover police officers, resulting in roughly 500 texts, Kajzer said.

Approximately 90 people responded to last week's ad, resulting in more than 1,300 text messages between those people and undercover officers.

Even though Rodriguez was the only person arrested at the time of that sting, Kajzer said they're still investigating phone numbers from others who text messaged undercover officers.

"Those messages aren't going away," he added.

They'll continue tracking those numbers and the people behind them, hoping to send a strong message about sex trafficking and child exploitation.

"We're not going to tolerate this anymore in St. Joseph County and we're making a concerted effort to make sure we're putting ourselves between the bad guys and our children," Tamashasky said.

While police continue to fight child sex trafficking, they're also hoping to educate local hotel employees about what to look for. Kajzer is currently developing a program to teach hotel workers what to do if they think they encounter a suspected sex trafficking victim.

http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/sex-traf ... s/35802224
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Re: State of the SBCSC

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:38 pm

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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After losing more than 800 students this fall, South Bend Community School Corp. officials are sending promotional materials like this to families outside the district — some 4,500 — inviting them to next week's magnet fair.
Magnet presentation
Interested in learning more about South Bend Community School Corp.’s magnet programs for students in all grades? Plan to attend the magnet fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Century Center in downtown South Bend.
Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2015 5:00 am | Updated: 5:04 am, Thu Oct 22, 2015.
By Kim Kilbride South Bend Tribune


SOUTH BEND — South Bend Community School Corp. officials said this week they know they’ll have to make adjustments, after losing 827 students this school year. But at this time, they aren’t saying exactly what they’ll be.
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“We’re not necessarily surprised at these (enrollment) numbers,” Superintendent Carole Schmidt told the school board on Monday. :liar: “We had a new charter school come into the community and that’s where the majority of our kids went,” she said of Success Academy, a kindergarten through sixth-grade school located at the old LaSalle Square shopping center. Furthermore, she said, now “some of the outlying districts are sending buses into our district to pick up kids.”
As a result of the loss of students, Schmidt told the board, class sizes in South Bend are relatively small. But, she intends to wait until the second official student count day in February to make any reductions or adjustments because often — 50 percent of the time over the past five years, according to one South Bend administrator — resident students who leave the district for another school, end up returning.


“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:
A demographer told The Tribune for an article two weeks ago that South Bend schools, because of its enrollment losses in recent years, will likely have to consider “right-sizing” options in coming months.
At the time, however, school board president Jay Caponigro said there are no immediate plans for closing buildings or redistricting.
At Monday’s school board meeting, secretary Stan Wruble questioned Schmidt. “You attribute a lot (of the enrollment) loss to the new charter school,” he said. “They appear to have a hefty marketing budget. Are we trying to counteract that?”
Indeed, Schmidt said, the district is augmenting its marketing efforts with a branding campaign and television advertising. During the summer, it spent about $12,000 on a series of radio advertisements.
And now, district spokeswoman Sue Coney said Wednesday, 4,500 postcards are being sent out inviting nonresident families from Mishawaka, Granger, Lakeville and other outlying areas to South Bend’s magnet fair next week at Century Center to raise awareness of the variety of programming choices available in the district.
Caponigro has long said the district’s magnet schools, which include a medical program at Washington High School, engineering and technology and New Tech options at Riley High School, and Montessori primary and intermediate centers, among many others, are a strong tool for recruiting students from outside the district.
On Wednesday, he said, “It’s our goal to find academic homes where our students feel comfortable and they can pursue particular passions, so I’m grateful that others on the board in the past thought ahead to create these different opportunities.”
Students who come out of the district’s magnet programs, Caponigro said, are better prepared for college and careers. “That’s a benefit we think students from all around the area should know about,” he said.
Success Academy, meanwhile, located in the former St. Vincent de Paul Society and thrift shop building that underwent some $14 million in renovations, enrolled 456 students in its first year. Along with its sister school, South Bend Career Academy, which serves grades seven through 12, it spent some $98,000 on radio and television ads, as well as marketing and other related services, from January through July of this year, according to information earlier supplied to The Tribune in response to a records request.
Superintendent Paul Schlottman wrote in an email two weeks ago that school leaders there have been pleased with the results of their marketing efforts.
And, he wrote, “The response from the community has been fantastic and the school year is off to a great start.”
As for South Bend schools, Caponigro told the board and administration this week, “We have our work cut out for us this coming year. And that work starts now.”
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