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Disillusioned with SkyView Academy
Although the core knowledge curriculum and class sizes are desirable, another draw, Character Education fails from the top down. SkyView leadership does not consistently and effectively demonstrate the positive character and honorable leadership we expect to be exhibited to our children. Specific examples include the primary principal throwing her subordinate under the bus; blaming her for a miscommunication. Had Sandi accurately communicated to her subordinate the error would not have occurred. That is not honorable leadership, it is shameful. The follow up and clarification of that miscommunication took weeks after Sandi was aware of the miscommunication. Sandi told me she did not understand why timing of communication mattered. A further clarification on pricing that Sandi promised from our one and only meeting took a month to send to impacted families. Three times she said she would be putting together a comprehensive survey of families regarding the BASE program. It did not occur in the fall, nor the spring, nor on the annual survey of SkyView families. Integrity? Not here. A year later Sandi twice refused to meet with me as a follow up to our single previous conversation. She deemed it not necessary; believing she already knew what my input would be on a survey, though she had not talked to me in over a year. Needless to say, the survey she finally published was poorly crafted, incomplete, and even required families to provide their names in order to submit the survey. That is unheard of from organizations seeking candid feedback. Courage? No.
From the executive director, I received similar disappointment. SVA promotes social contracts for classrooms and organizations, yet the first contract between the school, parents, and students, the Handbook can be revised without notice and without regard to the founding principles of the school. When I challenged a policy of imposing after school detention for each instance of late homework for 4th and 5th graders, I had constructive ideas gleaned from high performing elementary schools as alternatives. When I raised those, the former elementary principal told me that a wonderful thing about Colorado was the ability to open enroll, essentially telling me if I didn’t like it, I could disrupt my children and move them to another school. So much for welcoming parent involvement. When I specifically asked him about this, Mr. Holmes condoned it with his silence.
Mr. Holmes also chose to ignore two different emails I sent to him requesting meetings. The emails followed the requirements of the handbook, but he did not want to discuss the issue, so he ignored the request. He did not decline the requests with a valid reason, he ignored it because he lacks respect. Respect is, for me, the foundation of good character, yet Merlin does not respect the parents of SVA, nor the contract that the handbook is. Refusing to have a dialogue does not demonstrate honorable leadership. Character and honorable leadership are best taught by example, not by ‘do as I say, . . .’ models, and for this parent, SkyView Academy falls short.
There is reason to hope though. The newest members of the leadership team of SkyView, the elementary principal, Mr. Munier and the high school principal, Ms. Burgess have exhibited the character and honorable leadership we want to see in our children. Nov 24, 2012