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If only someone had asked the parents

Re: Turnout is low for Hernando's gifted education June 4 story

If only someone had asked parents

Color me shocked! I've been saying to my husband for weeks that I thought the turnout for the gifted portion of Explorer K-8 would be low, and this article stated exactly that.

Did the thought ever occur to anyone at the School Board to ask the parents if we were willing to send our kids to Explorer? A simple survey sent home last year, or anytime in the past few months, could have let the board know exactly how many families were willing to commit to the move in advance.

We chose not to move our son based on several reasons. Unable to attend the single information meeting we were invited to, we've made several calls to Principal Ferello's staff to ask questions, and sadly, no one knew much. We were told no busing would be provided; however the article states busing is an option. Which is it?

Busing or no busing, our son has done well at his current school, and we have the ultimate goal of him attending Challenger K-8 with his sisters. He would have done well at Explorer, no doubt, but we don't feel the move was right or convenient for our family as a whole.

It's sad that Hernando County is willing to let all of the current gifted students who don't want to move to Explorer fall by the wayside. The attitude of superintendent Wayne Alexander seems to be, "Forget about those kids. We'll find new gifted kids and get paid for them instead!"

It's too bad this gifted plan wasn't thought out, and parent input sought out. We are more than willing to tell you what works for our children and families, if you are willing to listen.

Colleen Caldwell, Brooksville

Taking laptops is unfair to school

I'm a very active parent at Suncoast Elementary School, and I was appalled to hear that our school must turn over nearly all of the traveling classroom laptop computers to the Hernando County School Board to be sold, recycled or possibly be redistributed to other schools for one year and then they all must be returned. Why does this equipment need to be sold? Most of it is like new. What a waste of money during all of these budget cuts!

There was a remark made to the affect that all public schools should be on the same playing field. I partially agree with that statement, but items that were purchased with A+ funds and grants should not be removed from our school. Is the School Board going to ask that the music equipment, globes, classroom maps or two-way radios purchased with such funds be turned into the county also?

I feel that because our school used the funds for technology we are being punished. Our students and teachers worked very hard to earn these funds. Superintendent Wayne Alexander was recently invited to view first-hand some of the work our students produced with the traveling laptops, but didn't even respond to the invitation.

Twenty-five traveling laptop computers, which is only one classroom, will not cover the demand. We currently have five traveling carts. Teachers and students can't wait until it's their turn to use the equipment again for their next project.

The rest of the county needs to be aware that the School Board is going to sell or recycle laptops that were purchased for hundreds of dollars each only a few years ago, and with money the school has earned.

Barb Rejsek, Spring Hill

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If only someone had asked the parents 06/08/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 12, 2008 2:59pm]
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