So there was a Special Called meeting of the Huntsville City Schools Board of Education today to expand, yet again, the central office, but still no hiring of SPED Instructional Assistants required to create safe classrooms for special needs children. Once again, Dr. Wardynski proves that he cares more about technology than children by spending his and the board’s limited time before school starts to hire a coordinator for educational technology from Madison City Schools, Julie Finley. Once again, the central office expands while children are left in unsafe, understaffed classrooms.
Once again, Dr. Wardynski and the school board (McCaulley, Blair, Robinson, Birney, and Morrison) demonstrate that they just simply don’t care about the neediest children in our district.
The Special Called meeting was not announced on eBoards or the district’s website last night at about 9:00pm when I went to go look if there might be a meeting to address the hiring of Instructional Assistants. The meeting was evidently announced to the press. I’m grateful that they were able to attend (otherwise, the public would never know about this meeting). Keep this in mind when you read editorials from Mr. Peck that claim “No schools were closed.” I wonder if the parents of students at Providence Middle, The Huntsville Center for Technology, or the Seldon Center would agree with Mr. Peck’s claim? As my child’s schools has been merged with the middle school, I think I could make a claim that her school was closed. Mt. Gap Elementary no longer exists. It would be helpful if the editor, while he’s berating critics of “going digital” that they should “consider what their children are getting in return,” would check his facts. Editorials still need to be factually correct. Despite this, I still recommend supporting the Huntsville Times. We need a free press in this town.
As Wardynski stated on Thursday, August 2, 2012, he is convinced that questions from some (like me) about the safety and education of special needs kids is a “complete waste of [his] time.” He is more concerned about signing contracts with HP, Microsoft, Pearson, Teach for America (and other Broad funded organizations), and, frankly, hiring the wives of mayors than he is about making certain that those who work directly with our kids are hired, trained and prepared to meet their needs.
And if he’s willing to ignore special education kid’s needs, he is willing to ignore every kid’s needs regardless of the federal laws protecting them.
If this kind of crap is what Eli Broad “teaches” his superintendent’s, remind me again how he’s helping to improve education in our nation?