I’ve been doing some back channel communicating regarding the concerns at Red Clay Skyline Middle Schools.
I’ve been pretty hard on some district administrators on the Skyline issue. Just so you know, I get frustrated when we blame the “system”. There is no system! There are people who are paid to lead. So unfortunately the King’s men get bitched-slapped for failures of the King. The changes in feeder-patterns at Skyline was the Kin’s doing! Kilroy understands we can’t expect assistant supers and building principals to come out and bash the King. Kilroy is pretty hard on Little Sammy and indeed I need to step-back. I guess spinning my wheels bitch-slapping Little Sammy is a waste of time. So call this a Kilroy Kodak moment. Little Sammy I am sorry for leaning on you too hard. Your job can be thankless. However, what I do can also be thankless! At the end of the day Red Clay is “our” community!
I sat through the last board meeting and watched one by one Skyline parents step-up to the microphone and express their concerns to the board. I also watched district leaders and the Skyline principal defend their efforts to address the problems. The “fact” is the district is making efforts to address the problems and realizes it needs to freeze school Choice for Skyline.
So here is my recommendations! I know there is collaboration between Skyline parents and school /district administration. Certainly Skyline’s PTA should have an active role. What I think we need to see is a shoulder-to-shoulder monthly report to the board. Meaning parents selected to represent all parents stand shoulder-to-shoulder with district administrators (Little Sammy in this case) and the school principal during the presentation to the board. The solutions should come from the collaboration between the district, school and parents within Skyline. Skyline parents made their point loud and clear! So, they need to be at the table addressing the solution.
As far as my voice in this issue, the community has a responsibility to engage and lean on the district when they see concerns. Skyline’s mess was created by senior leadership in Red Clay including the school board. Red Clay is starting to come apart at it’s seams and OMG, the merger with Christina’s Wilmington schools and students will be too heavy.
We’re in the era of social media and the days of “its the system” for lame-ass excuses are over! So are the days off bashing the King’s men! I also feel in the case of Skyline, I think its time for Merv to step around from the table and address the board from the public microphone!