Left behind

Now normally I wouldn’t give a rat’s patootie about Arrowhead School District’s little problem. You see, the district’s been “snagged” in the federal “No Child Left Behind” benchmarks according to that great local paper of ours. This time I care because Arrowhead School District and their fabulous air conditioned gymnasium were used as an argument for spending $108.8 million in Elmbrook. Now granted, in order to keep up appearances, we are only spending $62.2 million, and we’re getting FOUR air conditioned gymnasiums out of the deal, but wasn’t it all about keeping up with that other district?

Here’s a 2007 e-mail from Elmbrook Superintendent Matt Gibson:

—–Original Message—–
From: Matt Gibson [mailto:Gibsonm@elmbrookschools.org]
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 6:15 PM
To: Cindy Kilkenny
Subject: RE: benchmark districts

Hi Cindy: When transferees tour our high schools, they tend to shop Arrowhead, Elmbrook, and Mequon largely due to student achievement scores on the DPI website yet also due to other factors that may be important to them. While the Arrowhead area is not an academic benchmark at all three grades levels mentioned, it is competitive academically.
Thanks. Matt

>>> “Cindy Kilkenny” 5/1/2007 6:05 PM >>>
You say these are our benchmarks for student achievement. Then why were other districts used for comparisons when “informing” on the last referendum?

Cindy

—–Original Message—–
From: Matt Gibson [mailto:Gibsonm@elmbrookschools.org]
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 5:30 PM
To: Cindy Kilkenny
Subject: Re: benchmark districts

Hi Cindy: The districts that Elmbrook has used for the past several years for student achievement data are Mequon, Whitefish Bay, Shorewood, Nicolet and its feeder districts, Middleton-Cross Plains, and Verona.
They were initially selected based upon highest levels of student achievement in the state at grades 4, 8, and 10 on WKCE tests. Thanks.
Matt Gibson

>>> “Cindy Kilkenny” 5/1/2007 1:53 PM >>>
What are our benchmark districts for Elmbrook. When were they last identified?

Thanks,

Cindy

Pretty depressing, huh? I hope like heck Gibson can slide his priorities back into order sometime before he leaves.