Norfolk Public Schools are considering changing school attendance zones and held a public meeting last night on the possibilities. Another meeting is scheduled for tonight at 6:30 at Norview High School. Last night’s meeting was not well-attended; no surprise given that notice was so short. And then there’s this:
The school division plans to post the report today on its website, www.npsk12.com
How in the heck are the parents supposed to become informed when the report and proposal (pdf) aren’t available for review? For that matter, how about the fact that they only announced the public meetings a week before the first was held?
Sometimes – ok, a lot of the time – it is frustrating to live in a city which pretends they want citizen involvement and then regularly throw up walls preventing it. There simply is no excuse for such short notice; after all:
The division hired DeJong-Richter, a facilities planning firm, last year to conduct a monthslong demographics study and make recommendations about how to improve facility usage.
Until Norfolk citizens embrace the idea that our schools should be a priority, this kind of thing will continue.
I hear there is yet another effort underway to have an elected school board. I don’t know how the results of this effort will differ from any previous ones. Not enough folks care about it.