From Mamie Taylor, 5th District School Board Representative,
Our first 5th District Community Meeting for 2015 has been scheduled:
When: Saturday January 31, 2015
Where: 2nd Baptist Church- 1400 Idlewood Avenue, RVA. 23220
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Topics of discussion: The Academic Improvement Plan, Proposed Bell Schedule changes, and the Budget. There will also be an open topics period during the last 20 minutes to share any school related concerns or updates not on the agenda.
Food will be served…
I look forward to seeing you all then.
Mamie Taylor- 5th District School Board Trustee
From WRIC (Richmond, VA):
After weeks of heated debate, there’s finally a plan in place for one of Richmond’s most well-known schools.
Binford Middle School will now become an arts specialty and Spring Board college prep school.
Students from all over Richmond will apply to get in but those currently enrolled at Binford will stay.
Opinions on the new plan are mixed.
The original article can be found here: http://wric.com/2014/12/16/binford-middle-to-become-arts-specialty-and-college-prep-school/
Some have applauded the School Board for being decisive and making a decision, fearing that further delays would be detrimental. Other’s are concerned about the long-term implications of bringing in a program that requires students to apply in order to participate.
For some additional perspectives of the SpringBoard Program (created by College Board, the same organization responsible for creating AP exams and SAT tests), see these posts:
1. (2012) – http://www.gilbertwatch.com/index.cfm/blog/statement-against-the-springboard-curriculum-by-lorell-morrell/
2. (2009) – http://tbo.com/news/education-news/2009/mar/06/here-are-some-answers-about-springboard-ar-113144/
3. (2006) – http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/16/education/16collegeboard.html?pagewanted=print
Abe Jeffers, the director of secondary schools, gave multiple presentations over the past two weeks (alongside of several school board members, including Mamie Taylor – 5th District, Glen Sturtevant – 1st District, and Jeffrey Bourne – 3rd District) about the future of Binford Middle School. The proposals discussed can be found in this PDF document: School Board Options (Binford). (The RTD captured Dr. Bedden’s reasons for why these options were announced in the first place.)
Now the school board is seeking input from the community regarding next steps via a five-minute, online survey:
In related news, the Richmond School Board recently announced that Binford will be given a turn-a-around consultant, as mandated by the Virginia Department of Education. This appears to be a continuation of the VDOE’s requirements from the previous academic school year.