Haddon School Board Upholds Full-Time Media Specialist Position

In a recent Haddon School Board meeting, community concern was addressed regarding proposed staffing cuts, particularly the elimination of the full-time media specialist position. After robust public commentary and comparison to neighboring districts’ staffing levels, the superintendent recommended, with board and business administrator support, that the media specialist position remain unchanged. This decision came in light of a recent newsletter highlighting rising home values due to the school district’s quality.

The meeting also witnessed discussions on the potential changes to the district’s grading scale. A committee of 14, including various school stakeholders, recommended a 9-point grading scale after debate. The committee decided to include pluses in each grade band except for the A band to avoid punitive implications. Concerns were addressed regarding the new scale’s impact on college admissions and merit-based financial aid, with a focus on maintaining academic standards, fairness, and equity.

Public comments reflected strong opposition to staff reductions in the music department, emphasizing state mandates requiring certified music teachers for all elementary general music classes. The community urged the board to consider the real impact of proposed changes, with a call to back theoretical discussions with data from student transcripts.

Additionally, the meeting covered concerns over the elimination of the gifted and talented program in elementary schools, potential cuts to elementary school counselors, and the importance of maintaining a full-time school librarian role. Equity issues were also raised, including the potential layoff of teachers of color and compliance with laws related to gifted and talented education.

A sixth-grade student spoke about the personal impact of the layoff of their music teacher. This sentiment was echoed by community members who emphasized the need for sufficient resources to address health-related needs in schools.

The superintendent acknowledged the retirement of a teacher and the successful retention of several positions initially slated for elimination. The resolution of water issues in IMR and VMR rooms, plans for continued repairs over the summer, and recognition of the achievements of students and staff, including a teacher of the year award, student scholarships, and honors for board members, were also discussed.

The board engaged in a review of policies related to sick leave, curricular content, and protected classes. There was debate about the grading scale, with input from various committees and parents.

Community members also expressed frustration with proposed staffing reductions and the perceived lack of transparency in decision-making. Calls were made for a partnership between parents and the administration to improve the schools, and for the board to listen to community data and research in decision-making processes.

In response to concerns about the language used in a policy related to gender, a board member clarified that changes in language were mandated by the state statute, and the board would seek legal counsel on the matter. The board member also reassured the public that grading scale changes were in alignment with state statutes.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Dr. Robert J. Fisicaro
School Board Officials:
Renee Billingsley, Marie Dezii (Vice President), Kellie Hinkle (President), John Kendall, James Lex, David Ricci, Allison Rodman, Kristyn Souder, Isis Williams

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