Retain valued RIH supervisors & support resources needed for students.

Retain valued RIH supervisors & support resources needed for students.

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Concerned RIH Parents started this petition to RIH Board of Education

We, the parents and taxpayers in the Ramapo and Indian Hills school district, do not want the current curriculum, guidance and special services supervisors reduced by half and shared between the two high schools, thereby taking resources, expertise and support away from our students. This change has been proposed with no supporting data, lack of a defined process and without transparency to the public. We respectfully ask the district superintendent, Mrs. Beverly MacKay, and the Ramapo Indian Hills Board of Education to maintain the current supervisory structure for the following reasons:

  • RIH should not be looking to emulate other regional high school districts, we should strive to be the high schools that others want to emulate.
  • The RIH school budget has a surplus and we can well afford to keep our experienced and valuable staff in their current positions.
  • The Guidance and Special Services Departments are critical to our children. Today’s teens are facing unprecedented pressure, stress and anxiety and it gets worse each year. Since we can afford to maintain current staff, we ask you to keep both supervisors in place and look at ways they can provide MORE student support, rather than less. 
  • There has been no data provided as to how reducing the number of curriculum supervisors will improve student achievement or benefit the district. 
  • It will cause unnecessary disruption in both schools and have a negative effect on the morale of our students, teachers and parents. Demoting current supervisors will cause the district to lose talented and well respected staff and this will in turn erode confidence in this district’s administrative leadership. 
  • RIH currently employs a Superintendent and a Director of Curriculum, both of whom should be responsible for managing consistency between the two high schools. Eliminating supervisory staff is not the answer to consistency. Rather, proper procedures and better communication is the solution. 
  • Discrepancies in consistency are typically created by individual teaching styles and that will not change by sharing a supervisor among the two high schools. Taking the supervisors out of the classroom will only serve to distance them from the challenges faced by teachers and the needs of the students. 
  • Research overwhelmingly shows the combined teacher/supervisor model is the most effective in secondary education.

Our district has had a difficult year. We finally completed a protracted teacher contract negotiation and we lost two students under very tragic circumstances. We ask that the Board understand the current climate of its staff and students and reconsider taking these vital resources away from our children.

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