Faculty and staff changes draw student concern, criticism
CENTREVILLE — More parents and students are expressing discontent and concern for frequent faculty changes. As mentioned more than once during graduation exercises at Queen Anne’s County High School, although change can be positive, the students said they felt challenged by the flux in faculty.
The board also voted two to one, during the June 7 meeting to approve budget changes that terminated the position of the Director of Digital Learning, formerly held by Christina Schindler. Schindler was responsible for integrating the county’s digital learning resources into the classroom, such as the chrome books used by the students.
Student Kimberly Palace shared her thoughts in a letter to school board that she posted on social media. She said she was frustrated and concerned about her academic career due to multiple changes in guidance counselors.
“I am sad to hear that Ms. Ruby has been moved to the middle school. I couldn’t believe it when I heard about it. This is probably one of the worst moves that I have ever seen the board do. I have had a different counselor ever year of my time at KIHS: Mrs. Steinbruk ninth grade, Mrs. Neis tenth grade, and Ms. Ruby 11th grade. As you can see I have had a lot of ups and downs with my counselors and had so many different opinions. Ms. Ruby had by far been the best counselor I have ever had. By changing my counselor MY SENIOR YEAR you are messing up all my plans for college.
“I am striving towards going to the Naval Academy, and I’m sure you would like to see someone from Kent Island High School go there. Without a strong counselor recommendation I have slim chances at going to the school of my dreams. Imagine every other kid that has Ms. Ruby P-Z. That is a whole lot of students that have great relationships with Ms. Ruby. She knows what they are dreaming for. She knows what they need to get to the college they want.
“By bringing in a different counselor you are destroying the relationship between a student and their counselor. A relationship between the two is huge in high school. To feel like your counselor understands what you want to do, it makes you feel like you will be led the right way. I am truly sad to see this move. Be ready to be slammed with messages from other students and parents because you are making a HUGE MISTAKE,” Palace wrote.
The school board had not responded by press time.
A new superintendent of schools was named on the morning of June 14. Dr. Andrea Kane, most recently from the Richmond, VA school district has been offered the position along with a four year contract. Interim Superintendent Greg Pilewski’s contract expires June 30. It is expected that he will remain with QACPS in some capacity, but no official announcement has been made.