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Responding to complaints, Thornton offers new option / March 20, 2013
Following the School Board’s adoption Monday night of a controversial revision to the high school schedule, Mecklenburg County Superintendent of Schools James Thornton responded Tuesday to pleas of students and parents by suggesting the trustees would consider yet another scheduling option before making a final decision on the 2013-2014 school year.

“There are pros and cons in every situation. We heard great comments from the public last night addressing some of these pros and cons. Much research and thought goes into every decision,” Thornton wrote in a school blog post on Tuesday.

“During public comment, the over-riding concerns came from students in the band and from band parents.

“Many educators will tell you that academic rigor and instruction should drive the schedule and not electives. However, it is clear that our bands at both high schools have a particularly large numbers of students involved and a proud history of excellence. In response to the concerns shared by students and parents, the administrative team and I will present an alternative schedule for consideration that still offers seven periods within the same time frame of 8:45 a.m.-3:35 p.m. This will still allow for common planning and increased time for critical professional development for our teachers.

“This alternative schedule will still start at 8:45 a.m. and end at 3:35 p.m. as approved last night by the School Board. The proposed alternative would allow band to meet all year long and address the issue of having to choose between marching and concert band. We will present this to teachers and students this week to get input.”

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The superintendent will soon be bought out. And thank goodness, after even a few years of dragging the schools through the mud he will eventually leave. They will buy out his contract. Any idiot knows that schools don't have a reputable cirriculum if you don't have solid arts and music programs. Most students need the arts and music to help them excel in other areas where they do not shine. The discipline that the arts teaches can be applied to other subject areas. Any school system worth its salt as an educational entity knows about and has a beneficial and successful arts program, whether it be art, band, chorus, or theater.


Part II

Just look at all those school systems in Northern Virginia that have all of the money. They have competitive arts programs! Are they doing it because they have money? I would think that if something were more important in the cirriculum they would be educated enough to put the money to a different use. The bottom line is, you can't have band students take one semester of band, it's stupid. As an educator you must know that it takes constant practicing and years of comprehensive knowledge to become a quality musician. Especially a quality YOUNG musician. Just take a look at Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Prince William County, Arlington County, Spotsylvania County, or any number of counties in Virginia that has competitive arts programs and ask them if student achievement is up or how their SOL scores are.


How about we ask our superintendent to step out of the county and visit some of these places? Get educated? Instead of letting his spoiled daughter pull at his wallet chain all the time. It's time someone stood up to this monarch before Mecklenburg suffers the fate of Cumberland County. Oh yes you may have heard, he destroyed the band program there and they are trying to rebuild it after the made him leave.

Or better yet, step down, before it's too late. It may already be too late. Mecklenburg County Public Schools and our students as well as their programs are doomed as long as Dr.? James Thornton is the Superintendent.

Save our schools and get out!!!


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