Parents still speaking out about staff changes at KIHS
STEVENSVILLE — Parents continue to respond to the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education with concerns over staff changes. One parent, KeriAnn Slacum, has reached out to fellow parents regarding yet another change in counselors at Kent Island High School. Slacum said her daughter who will be a senior at KIHS this fall, has had three counselors for the past three years and the decision to transfer counselor Kelly Ruby away from the school at this critical time in her daughter’s high school career is disastrous.
“I am pleading with all parents and students of KIHS Class of 2018 to write the Superintendent of Schools for QACPS as well as all the board members regarding their disheartening decision to rip yet another counselor away from these kids on their final year in high school were they need her the most,” said Slacum.
Slacum shared online an email she received from her daughter’s school counselor. The email was sent to students and parents of the 2018 KIHS graduating class, said Slacum.
The letter to students and parents from guidance counselor Kelly Ruby reads, “For the past 22 years I have helped many, many students achieve their lifelong ambitions of obtaining scholarships, acceptance into the colleges of their choice and help guided many in their pursuits of careers. However on Friday, June 9, 2017, Mr. Schrecongost and I were notified from the Board of Education that I would be involuntarily transferred to Stevensville Middle School for the 2017-2018 school year beginning July 1.
“I looked forward to working with you all as your school counselor in the upcoming years and hoped to provide some stability to students who have had multiple counselors in the past few years due to changes in personnel. I sincerely apologize to those rising seniors in my caseload, who will now have their fourth counselor in four years. I am so sorry I won’t be there to help you. I am deeply saddened by the news I received Friday.”
Slacum has encouraged other parents to write to the BOE at Queen Anne’s County Board of Education, 202 Chesterfield Avenue, Centerville, MD 21617, or email board members directly regarding the hardship this will have on the graduating class of 2018 in their prime year of college and scholarship applications, SAT test taking and overall counseling with a counselor that knows them the best in their crucial year of high school, said Slacum.
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