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Monmouth-Roseville School Board Meeting Tonight

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If you wish to voice your concerns about the “Wacky Wednesday” changes in the school calendar for the 2012-2013 school year, please come to the M-R 238 School Board meeting tonight at 7 PM.  The meeting as the District Office in the old Willits School, 105 North E Street.  Don’t be late – the time allotted for public commentary is at the beginning of the meeting.

Monmouth-Roseville School Board Needs a Lesson in Open Government

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I went back to the Monmouth-Roseville school district website to see what information was available regarding the March 13 meeting.  The minutes aren’t yet published online, but the agenda was available.

I read through the agenda.  The first thing that I noticed is that the public input session is at the beginning of the meeting.  So, unless specifics of the meeting are published beforehand, the public doesn’t have a chance to comment on anything being discussed and voted on in that particular meeting.  We only have an opportunity to get up and complain after the fact, which is what I’ll be doing at the April 17 meeting.

Secondly, there was NO information published in the agenda about the proposed “Wacky Wednesday” schedule change for the 2012-2013 school year.  The recommendation for this schedule change came out of the District Goals Committee, and this is all that was published in the agenda:

10.2 District Goals Committee Report to Board
Committee Co-Chairs Presentation
Recommendations
This agenda item is intended for information only. No board action is anticipated,
but the board may act upon information presented if they so move.

Does anyone see a heads-up that the council is going to be voting on a schedule change for the 2012-2013 school year?  I sure don’t.  There’s no information at all.

So far, Bobbi Uddin, who voted against the schedule change, is the only school board member who has responded to my email.  I think there are some Monmouth-Roseville school board members who need a lesson in open government.

Wacky Wednesday Comes to Monmouth

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Wacky Wednesday” is a term Peoria blogger C. J. Summers of the Peoria Chronicle used to describe a plan to dismiss students from District 150 schools 90 minutes early on Wednesdays.  While the proposed 60 minute late arrival on Wednesdays at Monmouth-Roseville schools may not be as onerous and absurd as a 90 minute early dismissal, I find this concept equally “wacky.”

If teachers want collaboration time, it should be done before or after or in-between class hours.  There are also numerous “teachers institute” days throughout the school year when collaboration activities could be organized.  Throwing off the regular arrival schedule one day every week is an unacceptable burden on working parents.  I doubt there are many parents in the district who are going to be happy with this plan.  As a parent of five Monmouth-Roseville students, I am completely enraged that this is even being considered.

This issue requires significantly greater consideration and public input before it is put into effect for the 2012-2013 school year.  Before I would even consider supporting such a schedule change, I would need to see hard evidence that cutting into classroom time with “teacher collaboration” time provides a measurable educational benefit to the children in districts where it has been instituted.

I emailed all the M-R 238 school board members on Thursday voicing my opposition to this proposal, and I have yet to hear back from any of them.  I would encourage anyone reading this to do the same.

Written by Matthew

March 17, 2012 at 2:21 am

Congratulations Monmouth-Roseville Soccer!

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I just wanted to congratulate the Monmouth-Roseville High School soccer program on a fantastic season.  Unfortunately the team lost their sectional match against Warrensburg-Latham, but there can’t be any doubt that they fought hard.  The score was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, putting the game into sudden death overtime.  The Review Atlas doesn’t have anything up about the game yet, but here is the article from the Decatur Herald & Review.

Again, congratulations to the Titans soccer program!

Written by Matthew

October 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

Ask and Ye Shall Receive …

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Local blogger & Review Atlas columnist Stephanie Sikorski asked for positive media coverage of the Monmouth-Roseville Titans soccer program as they advance to sectional championship on Saturday.   Sikorski’s husband Aaron coaches the team.  The Titans soccer program was in the local media spotlight earlier this year, but unfortunately that was due to the IHSA suspension of star player “Chino” Ayala & the resulting forfeiture of a tie game with Peoria Manual.  Sikorski’s blog post highlights how the team has struggled through multiple adversities with little fan & community support to achieve a very successful season.

Well Stephanie, ask and ye shall receive!  I’ll add my voice, too … best of luck to the Titans on Saturday!

Written by Matthew

October 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Update on Roseville Christian School

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Michelle Nutting @ the Warren County Newswire has posted a good piece on the new Roseville Christian School.

I was rather critical of the idea of a private school opening up in Roseville when the idea first floated.  The anger underlying the criticism in that post stems from my belief that private schools take away from public education.  The passion in that anger stems from my belief that quality public education is essential to the success and well-being of our country.

My anger has cooled with time and the knowledge that there have not been major shifts in local school enrollment.  I was correct in my assumption that the initial interest in the new school was largely fueled by the anger over District 238 closing Roseville Elementary.  While over a hundred residents showed up for the initial informational meetings, only three students were enrolled when the school first opened (per the WCN post linked above, enrollment is now up to four).  I’m sure that the reality of paying thousands of dollars in tuition annually made a lot of Roseville residents realize that the 14 mile bus ride to Monmouth isn’t so bad.  Some students at United & other nearby rural school districts spend 2-3 hours on the bus every school day!

I also know that for one Roseville Christian student, the small class size & personalized educational environment has been a true blessing.  For that student’s sake, I hope this educational experiment succeeds.  However, I wonder how it can possibly be sustainable with so few students.  We’ll just have to see what the future brings for Roseville Christian School.

Written by Matthew

January 26, 2011 at 5:01 am

A New Christian School for Roseville? Horrible Idea.

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If some Roseville residents want to contribute to the degradation of public education in Warren County and spit in the faces of their fellow villagers who can’t afford a private education for their children … by all means, start a new private Christian school.  However, in doing so they should know & accept that they’re part of the problem, not the solution.

I’m sure this movement to open a Christian school spawns from anger over the impending closure of Roseville Elementary School and not a fervent desire for religious education.  I understand that anger, but the M-R 238 administration & school board had to deal with the cold hard facts and do what’s best for the greatest number of students.  The two deficit-reduction scenarios that had R.E.S. staying open would have resulted in 250-350 more Monmouth students being bussed to Roseville than vice versa.  The accepted scenario results in 17 more Roseville kids bussed to Monmouth than vice versa.  Given those numbers, if someone can explain how keeping R.E.S. open would be fair, I’ll buy the Brooklyn Bridge from them.

Good lord, people … there are 14 miles between Monmouth & Roseville.  Some folks act like their kids are being forced on a bus to Neptune!  I think we all need to start putting the needs of the children first rather than stupid old rivalries that belong in the dustbin of history.  There are far more “have nots” than “haves” around here, so starting yet another private school in Warren County harms more children than it helps.  Decreased enrollment = decreased funding = increased problems.  People in Roseville should think about that before they let misplaced anger get the best of them.

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March 26, 2010 at 1:55 am