I have been fortunate to establish trust, build relationships, and lead for many years without ever having to say "I'm the boss". I intend to continue that practice. The job itself is very rewarding, enjoyable, and fulfilling. There are times, however, when I have to make decisions that are not popular; but I feel are in the best short and long term interest of the students and our taxpayers. These are the times that you would not want my job.
As a school community you are always entitled to know why I make decisions or recommendations. I always go to bed at night knowing that you have all of the facts to agree or disagree with a decision that has been made. A decision that I have recently made involves the high school dance program.
As we fast forward to present day:
- The dance program numbers have continued to decline (there are 85 total students registered for the dance program for the fall), and we have been able to calculate that there has been a 30% drop in students moving from introduction to dance to intermediate, and another 30% decline from intermediate to advanced.
- At the same time, our other Fine Arts programs have been growing including: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, and our performance groups.
- There has also been interest in expanding offerings to include the graphic arts, which will give students immediate employment opportunities as many of our engineering courses currently do.
- Add to this the knowledge that enrollment at the high school will likely drop by approximately 300 students over the next three years, and it is clear that some decisions needed to be made.
- Students who are currently in the dance program would be able to finish the program, provided there is enough enrollment.
- For this fall, introduction to dance, intermediate dance, and advanced danced will run.
- In 2015-2016 intermediate dance and advanced dance will run.
- In 2016-2017 advanced dance will run.
- For the 2017-2018 school year, I would be asking the Board of Education to eliminate dance.