- I find it very humerous that no one seems to respond to my post
since I moved out of the district(state etc.). I do still have
family and friends who attend schools in the district, so I do still
have an interest in what goes on. The only reason I report on any
differences is to hopefully give the district ideas on how other
districts educate, test, and keep their students safe. And yes there
is parental presence on campus, a sheriff assigned to each high
school, they even have less than 25 high schoolers per classroom.
For more info on curriculum you can go to:
www.randolph.k12.nc.us/costudy/Prog of Studies 2003-2004 RHS.pdf
The course selection booklet is 79 pages long instead of one page.
Included is the graduation requirements. No they don't have a High
School Exit exam. What they have is grade level exit exams. NO
SOCIAL PROMOTION HERE!!
Are you reading this Ms. Pfieffer???? This is why I left the WCCUSD
for the Randolph County School District. My son was suspended one
day for disrespecting a substitute and I thanked the principal.
With that kind of respect for subs, it is no wonder they have a
waiting list for teachers to get into teaching in this district.
Their Administrative costs and numbers, percentage wise, are half of
WCCUSD. Perhaps that is why they have smaller class sizes. Less
administration means more money for teachers. Also, they do not
need to offer lifetime benefits (the teachers found that to be
wasteful) as their starting salary for a teacher is higher than the
median income here!! The median income for this rural area is
31,000 and a teachers starting salary is 39,000! If you have taught
before elsewhere it starts at 43,000!! I do believe that there are
teachers in WCCUSD that still don't make 43,000 after several years
in teaching. For those who question the cost of living, we are
paying more for gas right now than even CA. But yes the cost of
living is less here overall. Still it is obvious that teachers are
much more important than administrators here. And consultants are a
no-no here. They asked me why so many consultants when so many
teachers and administrators should have at least master's degrees in
their subjects? Perhaps our school board could answer that question
for them? Here each subject has its own Chair, just like a college
staff. English has 10 teachers, History-7, Science-8, Math-11, P.E.-
6, Vocational-12, Foreign Lang.-2, Arts-5, Guidance-4, Media-3, and
Exceptional students-13(they don't call them spec. ed., resource,
NSH, or SH)! And as I said they have a waiting list of teachers
wanting to teach here. They vetoed a bill lowering teacher
standards/giving emergency credentials because they feel the
students education suffers when standards are lowered. The govenor
felt lowering standards or emergency credentials lower the standard
for kids and that was unacceptable. He said he felt if we have
standards and testing for our kids then it should be the same for
the teachers who teach them. Sounds like solid reasoning to me!
But I don't expect to hear from any board members on this issues.
They still appear to me to be puppets of the administration if the
passage of consultant fees is any indication. The supreme court
said kids have no privacy rights when they allowed schools to search
lockers and backpacks, so why not invest in cameras for the halls,
cafeteria, offices, and larger classes as they did here? The gun's
owner would have been found at ECHS if cameras had been in use in
the gym. Using metal detectors to search students classroom to
classroom is much more invasive and disruptive.