Fac­ulty and staff changes draw stu­dent con­cern, crit­i­cism

Record Observer - - School - By HANNAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

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.

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