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Daily Archives: May 17, 2020

Sunday blog: Whether Summit should have or shouldn’t have been dumped, Monday’s vote was reckless

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I have some mixed feelings on Monday about the Wellington school board’s dumping of the Summit program.

On one hand it was unfair, impractical, and basically threw the teachers and administrators under the bus.

On the other hand, the school board majority did exactly what it said it was going to do when first elected. I don’t necessarily believe the school board should be an extended branch of the administration.

My biggest beef with Monday’s vote is that this board didn’t present an adequate exit plan. “What next?” is a legitimate concern. I would have probably extended the program one more year until there was a secure alternative plan in place. Yes, if Summit was the evil purveyor of educational manipulation as its opponents say it is, we do have a group of students, sophomores and juniors, who have spent two years under its guise. I’m not sure another year would have been devastating until the school district came up with a specific plan especially since the students are finally used to it.

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