SJSD Hosts Town Hall Meeting

Published 10/08 2015 11:29PM

Updated 10/08 2015 11:29PM

The St. Joseph School District is seeking direction as they look ahead to the future.

Thursday night, district leaders met with the public in a town hall-style format meeting at Oak Grove Elementary School.

Around 30 attendees were placed into small groups, where they provided feedback on a number of issues related to the schools.

Attracting and keeping quality teachers and making sure the board of education doesn't micromanage were among topics raised.

However, one theme that came up several times was getting back to teaching the basics.

"(There's a) lack of life skills being taught in schools, said Ericka Kelley, a St. Joseph mother with three children in the school district. "Problems with basic spelling, reading, writing, math."

(SOT:Norman G. Cook, Sr., Attended Town Hall)  "Kids can't make change," added Norman G. Cook, Sr., who said he wanted to be sure and attend, even though he didn't have children in the schools. " I had two Seniors who didn't know what the Alamo was."

There was very little talk about most of the problems the district has faced over the past two years. However, several people brought up school funding issues and the future of any possible tax levy that may be brought before voters.

There will be a second town hall scheduled for next Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at Carden Park Elementary.

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