FCPS, its superintendent, central office administration and the school board need to be held accountable. They claim to want what’s best for students, but they continually make decisions that show otherwise. If they are not going to adequately staff a school because it is not a STAR school, then why keep it open? If a school is going to have the same number of students from one year to the next, how can they justify cutting five or six staff members? The population and needs of the special education students are not decreasing, and their individual needs have not changed, so why take away five of the SEIAs responsible for meeting their IEP goals and modifications? Who will assist when a student has a meltdown, when a student is a runner or when a student needs to be removed so that they do not injure themselves or others?
One principal, a special education teacher, one SEIA and a guidance counselor are not enough to safely and adequately manage a school and provide a quality and equal education for 350-plus students. I am sure if the children or grandchildren of the FCPS administration and BOE attended this school, the story would be different. So much for closing the achievement gap.