School Needs Fresh Start

A drastic move? Most assuredly. Necessary? Time will tell, but I would lean that direction:

From the superintendent down to bus drivers, all of the 90-plus people working at Crazy Horse School in Wanblee will be out of a job at the end of the school term.

The Crazy Horse School Board recently decided not to renew contracts with any of the school’s staff. That leaves 50 administrative and certified teaching positions vacant, along with approximately 40 support staff positions ranging from bus drivers to teaching assistants.

The school’s entire staff must re-apply for their jobs.

The article gives us a few clues as to why this might have been done:

On the reservation, school is the center of the community and usually the only source of steady employment, Haas said.

Haas said the board is trying to create a school that meets the educational needs of its children by teaching reading, writing and math.

“It’s not an employment agency. Unfortunately some people view schools as that,” Haas said.

The school (like any school) should exist for the direct benefit of the pupils. Any benefit which accrues to the teachers and other staff members are indirect benefits–and should be of secondary importance.

There are 350 students at this school who need an education. Here is hoping that this fresh start will bring in teachers and others whose first desire is to see the students excel.