Hawthorne Elementary plans for school year with new goal
May 15, 2018 10:23 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Changes are on the way at Hawthorne Elementary as Albuquerque Public Schools spends millions to help transform the failing school for a new school year.
The plan starts with extending the school day which will now span a total of eight hours. Students will also be heading back to school even earlier, two weeks earlier. Those two factors prove to be a test for families who want to continue to call Hawthorne their home.
"Been here for two years and these teachers, oh my gosh, they are wonderful teachers," said Jenny Solveski, a parent of two students at Hawthorne Elementary.
Solveski doesn't want to have to transfer, but it could become reality. She is already on several waitlists to transfer her kids to other schools. But she fears if they stay, will one year be enough to turn the school around?
"There's no guarantee this school is going to be open in two years," she said. "The PED still gets the final say so," she said.
Hawthorne has had an F rating for the past six years. After the Public Education Department turned down plans to rebuild the school's program, APS put $2 million into the schools future.
"To see the district say yes, we need to be committed and do something different ... the plan that we designed is really exciting," said Gabriella Plaky, associate superintendent for District One.
The longer eight-hour school day would consist of an extra hour of curriculum and then something called Genius Hour, which would give students a chance to do something creative with their time.
"I don't want them to be in school and hate school because they're in so long," Solveski said.
She said it's not the teachers or the students, but the facilities and resources given to the students.
'"The AC in my daughter's portable didn't work," Solveski said.
"The whole plumbing system gave out," added another parent, Shavon Trujillo.
If parents aren't happy with the plan or facilities, APS says they can transfer but only if spots at other schools are available. If not, parents and students will have to embrace another year of hopeful change.
APS also says that teachers at Hawthorne will be making more money come next year because of those extended hours and extended school year.
The other two schools involved in the reform plan, Los Padillas and Whittier Elementary, are under a deadline. The school system will have under Friday to comply with the school reform plan in order for them to get federal funding.
Updated: May 15, 2018 10:23 PM
Created: May 15, 2018 09:20 PM
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