Tuesday, August 2, 2011

First look... the new Woodruff Career & Technical Center

Curious about what the former Woodruff High School (now the Woodruff Career & Technical Center) looks like? Well, be sure to catch the "Remarkable Times" program on CAPtions, on August 7th @ 5:00 p.m.

Remarkable Times is the Peoria Public Schools bi-monthly program, which focuses on issues and events in the school district.

This edition includes interviews with various principals: Cindy Clark of Richwoods; Brett Elliott of Peoria High School; Laura Rodgers of Mark Bills, who gives details on the District's new middle years and IB program; Renee Andrews of Trewyn, who discusses the ELITE addition, her staff (which includes 57 new teachers) and transitioning to a K-8 school; Diann Duke gives a first look at Woodruff and discusses the new electives; and Dr. LaToy Kennedy discusses Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) and the incentive program, which will be mandated District wide to insure that discipline policies and procedures will be consistent throughout the District.

Remarkable Times will be broadcast as part of CAPtions on Sunday, August 7 at 5 pm, Wednesday, August 10 at 7 pm & later at Midnight on Peoria Comcast Cable 22. Produced in partnership with PCCEO, Inc.


Emerge Peoria said...

I hate to say this, but I hope the Principal of Richwoods is going to step up her game. She will be dealing with some of the most powerful and demanding parents/families in Peoria, is she ready?

Sharon Crews said...

Call me curious and maybe even skeptical--what's new? Seriously, if Woodruff is going to be all that is portrayed here, my first reaction would be, from where did all this money come? Of course, if all these courses are being offered to a significant number of students, I will be thrilled.

Secondly, have students actually registered to start classes at Woodruff on August 22?

The district paid $750,000 for new social studies textbooks. From where did that money come?

Teachers in record numbers are being paid this week to attend all manner of training sessions and many have been sent all of the country for training this summer--from where did all the money come?

I was, also, astounded to hear that 57 of 60 teachers are new to Trewyn.

I talked to a parent at a checkout counter this week who told me that her daughter will be in 6th grade. She originally thought--when she bought new uniforms last year--that her daughter would be continuing at Glen Oak for 6th grade. Now that 6th will not be added, she has yet to be told where her daughter will be going to 6th grade. Is the communication with parents that bad or just for this particular parent?

Sharon Crews said...

I was, also, interested in hearing that the IB program in all these schools cannot be authorized as a bonafide IB program until after the 3rd year.

Emerge Peoria said...

The Regional Safe Schools Program will also be housed at Woodruff
Career and Technical Center.

Anonymous said...

Confusion and disorganization and debt are on the horizon. The board should be held accountable for hiring someone who talks big but has a brief history of effective leadership. Reverend Butler has called Lathan Moses to lead the district. It will take about 40 years to repair the damage.

Anonymous said...

Sixth grade didn't need to be added at Glen Oak. It was already there last year. The only change in the configuration at Glen Oak regarding the older students is that it was originally supposed to be a K-8 building. It is now set as a K-6 building which is exactly what it was last year.

Sharon Crews said...

Anony--thanks for the info. Also, I may have misunderstood the parent--the student was probably in 6th last year and doesn't know where she is going this year.

Sharon Crews said...

District Watch will meet at Monical's on Knoxville and Lake at 6 p.m. All are welcome.