Dear Nate: do you know about the problems at Rachel B. Noel?

Nate Easley or any other board members did not visit Rachel B. Noel last fall, even when our Open House was posted on the DPS website, and when it was well known that we had just begun implementing a federal turnaround grant. Wouldn’t the president of the school board want to know what’s going on at a school before he or she voted for sweeping changes?

No, probably not.  But here is an inside report for your information.  It came in from one of our parent organizers.

I feel that people gathering recall signatures need to know that:

  • Nate Easley or any other board members did not visit Rachel B. Noel last fall, even when our Open House was posted on the DPS website, and when it was well known that we had just begun implementing a federal turnaround grant.  Wouldn’t the president of the school board want to know what’s going on at a school before he or she voted for sweeping changes?
  • DPS’s solution for co-locating three schools in this building is to divide the RBN library, a focal point of the building, into classrooms!  Has Nate Easely or any of the board members he leads seen the plans?  Do they agree with the plan to completely phase out the library? And, this re-location solution won’t even work past year 3–the building is not big enough.
  • Easley was on the FNE committee–did it not raise a red flag for him when A+ sent out an e-mail survey to committee members and community members at 5:00 on a Friday evening of a 4 day DPS weekend?  The survey was due back Monday at noon, 1.5 days before the staff and many of the parents would be accessible.  If he really represented the community, wouldn’t he want real, meaningful community engagement?
  • Many of the comments written by Noel staff, parents and community partners at the FNE meetings never made their way to the committee members or DPS staff now in charge of implementing the new plan.  Did Nate Easley ask after each FNE meeting to see the comments being made by his constituents?
  • New principals have been or are being selected at several FNE schools, through a process which is apparently not transparent and does not align with the district’s standard principal selection process.  Several FNE principals voiced their concern about the way in which decisions are being made at a recent principal’s meeting, the minutes of which were recorded by……..Oakwood Homes
  • The school board is responsible for hiring the superintendent and making sure he or she implements board policy and district strategies effectively.  Who is in charge?  Is Boasberg calling the shots while the board rubber stamps every idea?
  • Nearly 2/3 of the staff will be reduced in the next two weeks.  Even though they said Noel would “continue the transformation”, our student projections will force such major staff reductions that our transformation/phase out plan will change significantly.
  • In addition to the conflict of interest being cited by the recall committee, I think the community needs to know how little the board was involved in this process, even though Easley was “on the committee”.  I know most of this is not new to you, but the more I think about what a mess this is, I feel the community needs to understand that they are not being well represented.

What’s your response, Nate Easley?

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