Responsible school board needed
By Eileen Small
May 09, 2006
This is a simple observation by a parent of a student in Revilla
High who will graduate this year. The prom was last weekend
and I understand it was fabulous! My daughter went, but I would
like to make the community aware of the difficulties that the
Revilla students tolerate to participate in an event that I feel,
in a small community such as this, should be readilly open to
all graduating seniors.
This year, the prom was held at "The Landing". Previously,
the prom was always held at Kay-high. The Revilla students were
not even told where the prom would BE (though the ones who were
going paid for tickets in advance, just as did the Kay-Hi students).
When I became aware of the change, I called both the Revilla
principal and the Board of Education to discuss this issue.
I received apologies but, frankly, no promise of change. The
simple fact is that Revilla students are treated as second class
citizens within the Ketchikan school system. The Revilla seniors
are not invited to participate in the Senior Carnival or other
"senior" events. They do NOT march at graduation with
Kay-Hi. Their text books are old and inferior to what the Kay-High
kids get. I understand that Revilla was supposed to get a sizeable
grant to help with some of these issues this year---yet in the
end it was denied them.
Kay-High has a very low drop out rate---mainly because they transfer
their "at risk" kids to Revilla where then many do
drop out. This is strictly semantics in my opinion. This is
a small community and whether a child technically drops out of
Kay-High or gets transferred to Revilla where they may drop out
is only an "on paper" issue to make the Board of Education
look better. Nothing is changed---the kids are ALL Ketchikan
kids! Revilla has many successful students who apply themselves,
graduate and then go on to college. They achieve this, I might
add, at 1/3 the cost of educating and graduating a student from
Kay-High, though they do not even receive the simple courtesy
of being notified in advance of where the prom will be held or
of being invited to participate in other senior events!!!
I think our entire community should look at this issue and consider
it when it comes time to re-elect school board members. We need
a responsible school board who consider ALL the children of this
small town not and are not elitist in nature!!!
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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