Madison Park High School — despite the best efforts of its staff to compensate — started this school year in scarcely-ready condition. As of Monday, September 8, student class schedules and staff teaching schedules for the current school year were still unknown and MIA. The first week of school has been a near-total loss, and week two looks no better. Staff and students want nothing more than to be in assigned classes, teaching and learning.
The School Department and the BTU last spring convened an Intervention Team under the collective bargaining agreement with the hope of redirecting the school, which has suffered from years of mismanagement and neglect. The intervention team released a series of recommendations, some of which have been followed, some of which haven’t.
Staff and students have started the school year with the best of intentions, but have found little structure and even less guidance from the Madison Park School administration, which, frankly, seems incapable of plugging the leaks, let alone leading the school forward.
Staff are frustrated and angry, yet hopeful for a better future as partners in moving the school towards its goal of becoming a vocational beacon for the city. What they need is school leadership and direction. Regretfully they’re getting neither.
No one is giving up hope, but time is running. Good intentions are not enough.