As a concerned parent, I would like some answers regarding the uncertain situation at the Tuba City Boarding School.
I hear the school board is reorganizing and realigning the departments and staff. If a realignment of the staffing is being implemented, why are these crucial decisions being made without input from the community members, parents and staff? Is it true these decisions are being made behind closed doors in executive sessions? If so, what is the justification for doing so? What’s the secret?
Is the realignment and reorganizing the department’s organizational structure in compliance with the school’s service/educational plans?
Why were the well-experienced and certified educational administrators presently working at the school, not given the opportunity to professionally manage and guide the school, when the school was without a principle. As a parent, I would like to see the best qualified (in terms of education, credential, certification and practical work experience) administrators to service our kids. The nationality of these key school administrator or principal is secondary or even a tertiary factor when hiring them. We just want the best.
I know and have dealt with a number of capable certified educational administrators who have the professional and rational insights of the daily operation of the Tuba City Boarding School who should have been given the opportunity to lead the school.
I would also like to know who assesses and realigns the staff to a different department and adjusts their job description, responsibility and pay. Is the present realignments based on occupational assessment on job performance and evaluations, credentials, certification and practical work experience? If not, then it needs to be done, so our students can have a quality educational personnel and structure to serve them.
Are the schools’ established hiring and reclassification policies and procedures being adhered to? It has always been my understanding that the school board approves or disapproves recommendations made by the administrators? I believe that is the valid protocol established by regulation(s). If these procedural protocols are not adhered to, then what are the consequences and who is liable for it? All school board members need to actively participate in identifying, researching and discuss educational plans and decisions that is beneficial for all the school kids. It is detrimental when only one talks and the rest just follows.
I feel the staff morale is very important in a school setting and will reflect on the quality of education our children receive. The responsible school administrators and the school board need to actively recognize the motivations and achievements the teachers exhibit daily on a more frequent basis. This can be achieved by soliciting the teachers’ input to realign and reclassify the departments so they feel they are a part of the planning and growth of the school. It will show they are respected and appreciated by their administrators.
I am a proud parent of a TCBS student. I am excited about the new school being built, I know this took a lot of planning and I would like to thank the previous administrators and all who contributed to making this new campus a reality.
There have been many students who have brought positive recognition and achievements to this outstanding school, community and the Navajo Nation. I would like to see the quality education continue to be maintained or ameliorated.
I propose the school board renew its effort to develop a sound strategic educational and operational plan that is discussed and streamlined by the parents, staff and community members, all for the benefit of our kids. Remember, the more we do for our kids today, the more our future is secured. I just want to encourage our educational systems and personnel to operate in that spirit.
(Irvin Begay is a Tuba City Boarding School parent.)
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