“Welcome to a student author, who paints a vivid picture, indeed!”
8:00 A.M…A time of day that previously had brought smiles and laughter to the faces of the students at Katahdin High School. In past years, the halls at KHS have been teeming with smiles, laughter, and happiness shared between nearly all of the students, and the staff that had became almost like a second family to many students. Katahdin High School has always carried a great reputation for the positive atmosphere brought forth by the work of the faculty, administration, and the students in collaboration. That is until now. Currently, those smiles are far and few between. The bell indicating that it is time for Block 1 classes to begin brings forth sighs from many of the students. To many, school is not a happy place anymore. Seeing my fellow peers expressing hate towards school pains me. No student should be led to “hate” their school. However, morale is extremely low, and I personally don’t see it going anywhere but down in the next few months. What exactly has caused this immense change in our school’s atmosphere? Let’s take a look.
These are issues that are coming from a student of which I feel, and those of which my peers have expressed. The number one issue that the student body feels is that the Board and administration is more concerned about technology than the quality of our education. Let’s face it, I have heard of only one student who likes their iPad. This young lady was completely outnumbered by a high percentage of students who feel as though, “Teachers and administration should have to type a 1500 word research paper on a touch keyboard.” Technology is a wonderful thing. However, spending precious money on technology advancements when we are lacking basic tools for our math programs, and many fillers in our program of studies is devastating to a student. You aren’t going to improve your math, English, and Reading scores directly by handing a student an iPad. I do see good intentions with this development, but iPads were just a poor choice of investment.
What happened to that “second family” that the faculty resembled? On the first student day, more than half of the teachers and staff members were strangers. With talks of consolidation striking at the end of last year, job security and morale took a plunge. As a student, we are adjusting to the new staff members. We do worry over the fact that more are already planning on moving or looking at new jobs for the next year. This staff change is becoming “the norm” for the beginning of the school year. Adjusting to brand new teachers each year is a difficult task. This is a prime example of why as students, teachers, parents, and community members, we need to fight to secure the future of our schools. The RSU isn’t going to cut it.
While there are many other reasons for which these changes are harsh, there are too many to list. The students of our school district have quite frankly lost all faith in the school board, superintendent, and administration. Their promises haven’t been kept, and they have done just the opposite of what they said they would do…fix the current recurring problems. Instead, they have only created more. The superintendent has even gone far enough as to lie in front of students. Our “trusted elders” are not acting like professionals. This school district needs change, and the only way that it will happen is if the students, community, and faculty gather together and fight for the education that the students deserve. Simply by voicing your opinion at a board meeting, you can help to fight against these issues. As a whole, we can and WILL win. Get the word out! It may take time, but the outcome will be well worth it.
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