I also attended the "Town Hall" meeting and was appalled by Ms. Jackson's lack of willingness to take any responsibility for the low morale at CHHS. Instead, she laid the blame squarely on the faculty and specifically on those with the longest tenure. She repeatedly cited their reluctance to accept change and their stale ideas. She went on to state that these teachers needed to accept change or "move on".
It is difficult to believe that delivering such a divisive message to parents in a public forum, that Ms. Jackson superiors (Lincoln Center) did not know and approve in advance her subject and presentation. Dr. Forcella was in the audience and someone near me whispered that this whole meeting was merely her performance for her job review.
The bottom line is that Ms. Jackson's actions, opinions and management style have the full backing of Dr. Forcella and most likely the CHCCS School Board. The situation will not change at CHHS until Dr. Forcella and/or the School Board direct Ms. Jackson to change her approach. So to get change parents/citizens/voters must get the attention of the School Board. So the question is how do you get their attention?
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