To the Editor,
I am writing to express my concerns with the latest actions of the superintendent and the administrators in the central office. Over the past few years, I have been saddened and demoralized by my perception of a slow but steady decline of the Kodiak Island Borough School District and have felt powerless to do anything about it. I have accepted without complaint: standardized report cards, changes in the communications systems from Power School to Pinnacle back to Power School.
I have expressed concerns about past and current policies at the high school allowing test retakes and homework to be turned in late and at the ever-changing schedule at the high school from block to 6 to 7 periods. I have witnessed the concerns of long-time teachers and involved parents ignored.
This administration wants parents and teachers to feel that they have influence, but rarely listens to what they say. I understand budget cuts and the difficulty of the job. It is not possible to please everyone. But I do not understand a top down management style or a ‘do it my way or else mentality.’ This latest proposal to replace the KHS activities director with an administrator, who will also cover rural Schools and the middle school makes no sense. It is simply not possible for one person to do this job.
Since administrators make more money than teachers, how can this save the district money? Much of what is being proposed and used to justify this position can easily be accomplished without making this change. The district simply needs to appoint an administrator to evaluate coaches and come up with a system to do it. Better communication and cooperation between existing positions involved in travel and scheduling for KHS, KMS and rural schools would also help.
We may be one school district, but we are not one big school. None of the programs will be well served by lumping these three entities together and having one person try to meet all their travel, scheduling and eligibility needs.
There are still many wonderful things about our school district. Despite teacher attrition, we have hard working, motivated teachers and staff, a well-meaning administration, a fantastic music department, and quality athletics and activities to help keep our students engaged. I would hate to see part of what is working be jeopardized by this proposal.