After listening to many Franklin County Schools teacher and staff comments following the Thursday school board meeting, I decided to share some reasons why the morale of the Franklin County School employees is so low.
When a board member says how embarrassed he is of us, and then a discussion comparing our test scores with the charter school follows, it is apparent that some of our leaders are out of touch with what is happening on our campus. If you are an elected official it is important that you strive for excellence, not try to pass the buck and blame the people who work every day with students and administration.
I have been an employee of Franklin County School Board for 23 years and can only recall twice when a school board member came to my class. If you base your embarrassment on test scores, then maybe you could come in once a week and tutor or even get your community to encourage the students do well.
The charter school is a fine school, many of us taught their teachers and live in the same community, and yes, even support them. Mr. Hinton was correct when he said that the charter school enrolled students whose parents support learning, and yes the climate has changed a great deal since its inception, but our school also has supportive parents. Many of our parents work more than one job and are unable to take time off. They are not able to pay for the gas to drive to extra events or after-school tutoring.
Another factor for the inequality of FCAT scores is the ABC School has an aide in every class, and they keep their class size in compliance with state mandates. This, along with the apparent support of the school board and administration, creates a positive, atmosphere that the Franklin County School campus is not privy to.
It is my hope that our county will support all children, teachers and staff. It is difficult to change the culture of our school; it takes support, not criticism, by all members. If you are embarrassed, resign and let Governor Rick Scott appoint a board member who has experience and credentials to be a successful leader.
Franklin County Schools teacher