I know my communication skills suck but I am just a blog working for free ! However, one would think a public school would be more professional in their communications. DAPPS?? What the F is that? I must assume he is referring to Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security, DAPSS, You’d think he’d spell out the name of DAPSS in the first paragraph. Furthermore, this apparent brain-fart of an idea seems to be generated one-way! Where is Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security’s position on this? Also, Pencader charter is a school for business and fiance! Why is Pencader Frank trying to manipulate students into changing their career paths? Also, DAPSS DE DOE approved charter “curriculum” isn’t geared towards business and finance! As far as the SurveyMonkey.com! How low can you go! I am sorry but, if I were a minority I wouldn’t participate in monkey survey! One would think a survey letter be sent home with students (young adults) and return to the school. Personally, I think Pencader’s bullshit game with DAPSS angle without DAPSS acknowledgement is harmful to DAPSS. With apparent rejection of Pencader’s parents of such a merger the impact makes it appear DAPSS isn’t desirable. But for the record DAPSS is making great progress and offers a unique career paths in a valued professional service field. Our men and women serving in homeland security and first-responders are very valued and appreciated, As for you Pencader students lost in the shuffle, DAPSS is a great choice and should not be an option! Do consider Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security.
Attached is a copy of a letter send to me, I can verify the authenticity. So I can only take it on face value and treat as a credible rumor. The concerns I see in this letter such as DAPPS makes me suspicious! How can Pencader make such a mistake is such a critical piece of communication? The Delaware Department of Education needs to step in and provide technical assistance is closing Pencader without causing more stress to children!
March 13, 2013
Dear Pencader Parents and Students,
As you know, we are exploring the opportunity to strike up an affiliation with DAPPS. To that end we were also hoping to add our current junior class to the mix. Because DAPPS is not yet authorized for a senior class we would have to pursue an exemption from the state.
In order to move this forward with both DAPPS and DOE, we must have a good count as to your intentions. We had strong indications that DAPPS was considered an excellent alternative at our last meeting of parents. In fact, there was no dissent.
Since that time DAPPS held an open house for Pencader which only 20-25 families attended. We also sent communication home to you asking you to fill out a brief questionnaire indicating your preferences for next year. As of the writing of this letter, we have received report backs from just over ¼ of the parents.
My commitment and the commitment of the board is to stick with you to the end, trying to right the wrong concerning DOE’s decision to close our school. The alternative that was accepted was the DAPPS route. At this moment however, it appears that you have accepted the decision and are ready to move on. I respect that, if it is the case.
If it is not, and you still want to do whatever you can to keep the majority of our students together, we must hear for you on this matter immediately. Again, if you have not done so already, please complete the quick survey. It can be found at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SBSP2KF.
I know this is a bad time for you. The board needs you to tell us what you are willing to do. The first decision to be made is the financial viability of affiliating with DAPPS. We cannot do this until we have a head count of the numbers of students willing to attend DAPPS. So, please respond immediately. If you are no longer interested in the DAPPS option, that’s OK; we just need to know.
Frank McIntosh, President
Pencader Charter HS Board of Directors
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