Friday January 30, 2015
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Hello Mr. Paulk,
Mr. Frewin has two children. Both attended Payson Schools from K-12. Both have gone on to attend college. HIs oldest son recently graduated and his daughter is a sophomore. I was their principal as they attended both elementary and high school (partially for his daughter). Mr. Frewin was and is an outstanding geometry teacher. He taught all three of my children. I observed him a great deal. He had an excellent rapport with students; excellent classroom management and an extremely clear step by step approach to teaching math. He was on my leadership team when I was the High School principal. We did not always agree on every aspect of the school, but he would come to my office and we could hammer it out. Often, something better would come out of it. Though his paragraph portrays some anger. It is justified. The "regime" evolved around him such that those who voiced an alternate opinion were pruned. As a final somewhat vindictive action by a principal who had been summarily removed, Mr. Frewin was given an option of moving to the middle school (all of his experience is H.S.)...or nothing...a RIF (reduction in force) from the high school. I can firmly attest, he was far from the worst math teacher at the high school - in fact one of the best. It just so happens, he had the highest math salary. HIs statements regarding the drop in ratings are true. The high school's grade is based upon overall three year growth in AIMS scores, growth of the bottom quartile students, graduation rate and ELL growth. While I will most likely vote to extend the override, I completely understand Mr. Frewin's points and the concern of others regarding the prudence and judgement of the Board and Administration over the last five year. He simply brings to light some points and facts that other people in the town or employed by the district may be afraid to point out.
Jesse is such a great person - and a great educator. Basis school of Flagstaff is beyond fortunate to have her. Great job Jesse. You have made Payson High School and Payson proud! Congratulations John and Lu.
A significant event to consider is three years ago, the elementary school model was changed from a K-5 at each elementary (which it had been since 1994) to a K-2 at one school and 3-5 at another. Students, particularly at third grade are a product of the K-2 model. The K-2 model had no research to support its academic effectiveness. In fact the research supports a K-8 model as most conducive in every aspect, including academic achievement and positive climate and culture. Recently the Board added Kindergarten to JRE. Now students have a K-2 model in one school and a K-3-4-5 model in another.
Does this convey a systematic analysis and response relative to causality? Or, systematic thought relative to providing an educational model that is most effective, particularly in the critical lower grades?
Interesting insights by my colleague Tim Fruth. Tim has been on the "inside" and is now looking in from the "outside". I would also add, during the last override election, Tim took personal time to speak to no less than nine entities in town about the benefits of passing the override. Three weeks after the override passed, he was called in and summarily cut. Here is the link. It is worth reading.
It should not...and it would not.
Just so you know. NAU has a cemetery right in the middle of it's property.
Bravo! Congratulations to both Lori and Kenny. Thank you for all you have contributed to so many!
What Rathen lacks in size, he certainly makes up for in heart and determination. He's got some grit. Best of luck to him and kudos for jumping into the arena.
Here is an interesting note. From 2000 to 2010 which is pre-Sandyhook, we in PUSD had two SRO's. The high school, middle school and PCS shared one while PES, JRE and Frontier shared one. Now, post-Sandyhook, after all the rhetoric from politicians etc, we have one SRO between two schools.
I'm pretty happy with hiking 4 and a half miles in, playing in the falls, enjoying the beauty, then hiking the 4.5 miles out.
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