Par­ents still speak­ing out about staff changes at KIHS

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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.

At Bay­side El­e­men­tary Kathie Smar­ick, President of Friends of the Li­brary presents Alis­son Gon­za­lez Ra­mon with her Read­ing Pro Award.

At Ken­nard El­e­men­tary, Carol Franks-Ran­dall, Vice President of Friends of the Li­brary, presents the Read­ing Pro award to stu­dent Mar­cus Carter.

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