Thursday, March 8, 2012

BOE removes (yet another) senior privilege

By: Kayla Stalnaker

Show of hands, how many of you readers were looking forward to having every Friday in March off? How many of you not only wanted, but needed that extra day to study? To get caught up on homework? To schedule a doctor’s appointment (because don’t teachers, administrators, and parents discourage us from making those during the school week—who cares if our doctors are only in their office during the week days)? Add another day onto your paycheck? Or even just get more than five hours of sleep in a night? (They always harp that sleep is the most important factor in improving academic performance.) Well, apparently, none of this really matter to the Board of Education.

Thursday, March 1, the Board members sat down in their comfy, cozy, rolly chairs and finalized a plan to completely alter the county’s school calendar—this was the same calendar that, last year, they allowed the teachers to vote on and then, they themselves approved. This calendar change will do two things. First, it will revoke all but two of our days off in March. And the second thing it will do involves what I like to refer to as: the complete destruction the senior’s graduation day.

For starters, I would like to point out that the two Fridays we have off were not given out of the Board members’ kindness and respect for wants and needs of faculty and students. These days were given because the Board had no choice. The first Friday happened to fall the day after our wonderful board voted on this new schedule change and Friday, March 16 is a reserved snow day, just in case we have some massive blizzard.

And, as a senior myself, I would like to thank the board for completely and totally obliterating one of the few, miniscule privileges we seniors have left. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that the Board members took our graduation and made it worth less than any other day of the year. Not only does the entire county get out May 25, but members of the board had to make it a half day. So the focus shifts. We seniors will be graduating, but that pales in comparison to the fact that summer has begun and EVERYONE is out of school. Despite the fact that it is a half day, seniors still have to be here. All day. First for graduation practice, then for the actual ceremony. And all night, assuming that most of us will stay for project graduation (that is, if the Board doesn’t decide to take that away too).

In short, I guess all I’m really trying to say is, Board members, next time you decide to let the teachers vote on a schedule, if you don’t like it, DON’T APPROVE IT (or just don’t ask them to begin with, since obviously what they want doesn’t matter that much, anyway). This simple practice will ensure two things. Firstly, the plans of students and teachers won’t be crushed. And secondly, future generations of seniors will actually have a graduation that means more than just the start of the summer—for everyone. It’s a win-win, but hey, why listen to a student, right?

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