It has always been tough being a school superintendent. At a time, during the cave days, as our grandchildren would say, supes stayed in the same place for over 10 years and many much longer than that. Even big city superintendents stayed for a long while.
Times are now much different. Average stays are now three to four years and descending. What’s this have to do with Roaming Around?
As we have visited 15 of the 35 school districts in South Carolina, we have seen wonderful things for children and communities. All of this without the proper resources or enough staff. Actually it is quite amazing.
If you go by state tests, and national ones, like the ACTs, you would not know how schools in South Carolina are doing. If you have read the article about testing in schools with high poverty counts, on our website, you would understand that those gauges are probably fallacious.
As a legislator once said when asked about using such tests to gauge the quality of a school system, “It’s the easiest thing that we can use.” Yup, it’s easy, like comparing Iceland and the United States on the TIMMS test. Are you kidding me?
So, what is SCORS up to in its efforts to both get proper resources for rural schools and highlight their successes and strengths, rather than their weaknesses and failures? Our efforts at lobbying are in their infancy. We have been contacted by a gubernatorial candidate to speak with him about the needs of rural school districts. We did meet and outlined some of our needs.
Our superintendents have discussed these issues with their own legislators and county council people to lay out what can be done.
We are on the way to making a sequel to “Corridor of Shame.” It will be titled “Unfinished Business, the Corridor of Children.”
We keep the legislature informed by notifying them when an article appears on our website that has meaning to them.
Yes, our website is attracting more and more hits each month.
We have elected a cadre of officers who will guide our organization for the next year.
In another week, the offices will travel to Greenville and meet Governor Riley and his foundation staff to see how we can work together for the good of our rural schools.
We remain open to rural school districts for any help that we can give them.
That’s what rural people do. They help each other. They also share their knowledge.
Keep tuned, we are on the way up.