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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Warrington Middle School Town Hall: Parents a No-Show
Tonight a town-hall meeting was held at Warrington Middle School to address issues at the school with respect to student achievement. Although the school has a student population of around 650---Only 12 parents (12) bothered to show up for tonight's meeting. We heard a variety of opinions about why the vast majority of the parents were a no-show, including a lack of transportation. We also heard that "some" were at work at their second jobs. I wonder how many parents from Warrington are actually "at-home" parents, who do not work? Wonder why they blew-off this meeting?? For those parents that were there--KUDOS to you!! For all the rest who were not at work or predisposed with something major----congratulations, you are a huge part of the problem at Warrington. I cannot imagine ANYONE blaming administrators, staff, school board members, or anyone else for that matter--if these same blamers could not be bothered enough to attend this meeting tonight. At this meeting, any parent that felt that things are not right could have voiced this opinion for all the district to see--including every member of the school board--as all five of us were there. But these folks were a huge no-show! For the large contingent of teacher/staff from Warrington that stayed for the meeting--KUDOS to you. You (teachers) did not deserve the cheap shot the local paper took at you in last Sunday's edition, and you certainly do not deserve to be beat up for an issue that, at Warrington MS in particular, is entirely a PARENT/COMMUNITY problem!
Al;though the tenor of the meeting was positive overall--I certainly wish PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY could have been discussed and highlighted; A lack of prioritizing PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY and GOOD CHOICES IN LIFE is what has led to the HUGE issues at Warrington MS, not a "lack of programs or resources....."