Goat Rope Facts MHSD Style...Posted Thursday, April 29, 2010, at 8:56 PM
From a March 25, 2009 article in the MHN:
"The school district built the current junior high in 1998 with the plan to expand it into a high school within a few years. However, enrollment rates in the district declined and the school board delayed completing the building."
"Enrollment has since increased, forcing the district to pursue the bond now."
"With the change, the high school would become a junior high and house seventh and eighth grade students. Hacker Middle School would contain fifth and sixth grades and no longer would be overcrowded."
"The overcrowding at Hacker is one of the driving forces behind this bond issue proposal," Supt. Tim McMurtrey said."
"We've got to stress what this means to the future, that we're not just looking at the next two or three years, but 15-20 years down the road. We're designing this so we can expand in the future. This is a facility that will last our students a very long time."
From an April 9, 2008 MHN Article
"The bond will add 28 classrooms, a performing arts wing with an auditorium, a professional technical building and a new gymnasium complex."
From an April 16, 2008 MHN Article
"Completion of the high school will add an additional classroom wing housing additional english, math and science classrooms (28 classrooms total), a professional-technical building for the expansion of welding, carpentry and auto mechanics skills, a 500-seat auditorium/classroom, a competition gymnasium, completed parking lot, and sidewalk, and curb/gutter on 18th Street. If approved, the project would allow the district to consolidate grades 9-12 in the high school."
"The district anticipates an increase in enrollment for the next five to ten years."
Why house grades 9-12 in the completion of the high school?
"We see a great disconnect from 9th grade students between MHJHS and MHHS. Students in 9th grade actually are earning credits toward high school graduation. Some of these 9th graders do not fully understand the necessity to maintain good grades, etc., and that the loss of credits will affect their graduation later in their schooling. We believe that if they are in a 9-12 building they will understand more fully that they truly are in high school."
"Nationally the drop-out rate for students is highest in 9th and 10th grade, again having the students in one building will help lessen the drop out rate and increase the district graduation rate."
"If grades 9-12 are housed together the district can better utilize staff and provide credit recovery and other class offerings for students. This grade configuration will also allow the district to address not meeting the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals that have been established by the No Child Left Behind legislation."
Why consider completion of the high school when two schools are closed on base?
"Enrollment has steadily declined for the past six years on base. This past year we closed a second school (Liberty Elementary) when enrollment was again declining. We have been informed that negotiations with the Royal Singapore Air Force are on-going and we could see increased enrollment in the schools."
"We cannot ship non-military dependent students from town to attend school on base."
"The fact that enrollment has increased in the "town" schools is what is driving completion of the high school."
So, we needed to vote for the bond when it was proposed because enrollment, according to the MHSD, was up. Funny, when some of us checked the state web site during the bond issue, that was just not true--it was on the decline and had been for some time. Now, they admit that enrollment has indeed been down.
Where would we be had we all just taken the MHSD at their word (not done the research and obtained the facts) and voted for the bond? Clearly it was not really a matter of life or death to education here in MH. They said Hacker was overcrowded yet those portables they just had to have have gone away and are in use at one of the other schools. So, where are all of those kids now?
When we checked the facts on drop-out rates in the local schools, the MHSD was also a bit off with respect to their facts.
So, here we are now! How much of this is fact and how much of this drama is fiction. The MHSD held a meeting this week. In that meeting they very clearly stated they were after a 2.8 million dollar levy---NOT a 2.8 million dollar levy for two years.
This is why voters in this community have a hard time voting for anything that increases taxes. The facts are the facts when it comes to the MHSD. If they want people to support them then they need to be more factual when dealing with those who pay. They have a history with this community and it is not in honesty.
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