The Jan. 28 CCSD board meeting agenda is online. It appears as if the Hursey vote is fairly late in the agenda (item 11.1). Anyone who might wish to speak needs to arrive ahead of the meeting start to sign up.
Congratulations on the achievements of your 2 children! The elephant in the room is that CCSD has said that dual track is not financially feasible over the longer term. In a best case scenario that would be fine .. but .. there is a lack of space given the waiting list for Montessori students. And Hursey was designated to be a full Montessori school per Vision 2016.
Regarding the smaller class sizes ... Palmetto Priority funding, which the school received as a failing school, is less this year than last year. And Hursey cannot maintain the small class sizes. Last year some traditional classes were as small as 8 - 10 students. Meanwhile at North Charleston Elementary average class size was 20-24 kids.
I hope your children, who sound like over achievers, can be pushed to achieve well beyond what is expected of the average student.
Since Chris Collins was so instrumental in getting this to where it is today it's a bit ironic that he may end up being the "loser" in the end. If the board were to vote to move Montessori to another (empty) school then his kids will be split up. If they go 100% Montessori at Hursey then his kids may also be at different schools unless he chooses to have both in the same program. IMO I think he wants to continue the dual (traditional and Montessori) learning approaches at Hursey while his kids are there. If he didn't have kids there NOW I doubt this issue would be where it is today. And last, as someone with familiarity with the history at Hursey and student achievement, I believe if Montessori is moved out then Hursey will revert back to a failing school.
Based on current enrollment there are 227 Montessori students and 150 traditional. If Montessori is moved out then they'll need to bring in more traditional students or shut Hursey down since they won't keep a school open with 150 students. That likely means redrawing lines for the surrounding schools, possibly impacting kids from the surrounding 4 elementary schools who would be displaced and "sent" to Hursey with new attendance lines, adding back 5th grade, undoing construction that happened in past years to convert classrooms to Montessori. On the other hand if Hursey moves towards full Montessori, as Vision 2016 intended, the 150 traditional kids have their choice of where to go. And it was interesting that Chris Collins was so up in arms about this. He lives near both Hursey and North Charleston Elementary, roughly 1/2 mile from either school. IMO he should abstain next week when the CCSD board votes.
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