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IB Back on School Board's Agenda

Take a look at what the school board has on its agenda Feb. 13, 2012.

The meeting  tonight at .

The entire agenda (with one exhibit) is attached to this post in the form of a .pdfs.

The most popular items on the agenda are arguable the ones focused on the International Baccalaureate Program.

The program has met with strong resistance from those who say it wastes money that could be used in other professional development areas or disagree with the program's international aspects.

Just last month at the Jan. 22 meeting the  to "take the steps necessary to obtain International Baccalaureate World School status for  and not pursue such status at any other school in the district at this time."

Superintendent Russ Jones said in an interview with Stow Patch in January that a recommendation about the program would show up again on the board's agenda "soon."

He said the rejection of his recommendation in January was about "semantics" and "not content."

Here's tonight's recommendations from Jones:

Authorization for Indian Trail 

  • "I WISH TO RECOMMEND that the Board of Education permit the superintendent to seek authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization for Indian Trail Elementary School." 

Authorization for Other Schools in the District

  • "I WISH TO RECOMMEND that the Board of Education not permit the superintendent to seek authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization for any other school in the district other than Indian Trail, unless formally approved by the Board."

For coverage of the meeting, check Stow Patch.

Jane Dewey April 08, 2012 at 08:43 PM
You need to stack the School Board with ANTI-IB residents then FIRE the Administrator! Clearly he's NOT listening to the will of the voters!
Jack Kelly April 08, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Yeah -- let's rehash a story about a meeting that took place TWO months ago! Should we send you a reminder around Flag Day to comment on an Easter egg hunt story?
Kelly Mann April 09, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Wish I could see the value to the program. It detracts from learning academics and focuses instead on being global citizen. This prepares us for college how exactly? I am fed up with PYP and would rather see my kids get a quality education somewhere that does not allow a Swiss program to tell teachers how to run their classrooms.
Katie Bell April 09, 2012 at 12:35 PM
@Jack Kelly, Why not? Seems to me SMF can arbitrarily re-vote a motion if Jones doesn't like the outcome of the vote. Time for THE PEOPLE to demand a vote on a motion which calls for a DISTRICTWIDE MORATORIUM on IB! Stop the games with the ARRA money and forcing an ideology on a public school system. What was wrong with "Excellent" as a rating for SMF schools? Why ruin a good thing?
Jack Kelly April 09, 2012 at 02:45 PM
What does this have to do with my comment? Oh, nothing. Which pretty much sums up what the majority of you "regular whiners" actually know (in regards to what you're talking about) anytime there's an opportunity to b*tch and moan about district. Again, this meeting was TWO FREAKING MONTHS AGO!!! It's right there at the top. Or are some of you illiterate, too?

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