Pottsville School Officials Facing New Backlash Over Proposed Cut in Publication Department
As of Wednesday morning, more than 1,500 people have signed an online petition opposing a proposed cut in Pottsville Area School District’s beloved Publications Department.
The petition gathered that much support in just 7 hours. It underscores the connection the Pottsville community has with this particular part of the school’s curriculum. Even if a student didn’t participate in the Publications Dept., many treasure their copies of their high school yearbook, Hi-S-Potts. If you’ve ever seen a Pottsville yearbook, you can understand why.
Petition to Keep Pottsville Publications Department Full-time Advisor
According to the petition, created by a senior student at Pottsville Area High School, the Pottsville Area school board is considering cutting the full-time funding of a Publications Dept. Advisor. The petition suggests the current full-time advisor would be moved to the high school English department.
“To the students and many others, this is heartbreaking. There also is a possibility that the program could not have an adviser. Without a full-time adviser, the publication team will not be able to function at the high quality it does now,” the petition reads.
If the school’s plan is put in place, starting next school year, students in the Publications Dept. will only have one period during the school day to work on the school yearbook, the school’s online news site, and any other projects coming from that department.
The petition goes on to say, “The key to our success for multiple years is a strong dedicated full-time adviser. Our current adviser has expanded our program in the last two years in many ways. She was able to create an outstanding business staff that brought in more than $20,000 in the last two years from business sponsorships. We use this funding to attend conferences and create books. She is constantly assisting parents and answering phone calls all day long, while still managing to help her students with their content.”
Another Bold Move by Pottsville School Board Members
Count this as another decision by Pottsville Area school board members that’s, well … pissed off the public. These decisions are starting to add up quickly, especially since the new directors were sworn into office last December.
And it’s not the first time the school’s made some controversial and unpopular decisions with teaching staff.
Remember, last year, the school decided to dump its longtime band director because it wanted to go in a different direction with the program. The decision’s controversy multiplied when it was realized how close that teacher was to retirement.
And then, a few years ago, the school accepted a private donation that paid for a music instructor that was about to get cut from the school’s plans.
Couple those questionable staffing decisions with decisions to outfit students with iPads and enter into a long-term solar panel scheme that will definitely cost taxpayers more than $4 million. The solar panel decision also prompted another public petition. Previously, the public responded similarly by joining a movement to save the football practice field from the school’s solar panel plans.
You have to wonder how there’s money for some projects that don’t seem necessary but not for expenses like teachers. Guess it’ll be a while before that solar panel cash starts rolling in, as they claim it will.
Back the Cause
The school may have picked the wrong fight here. More than 1,500 signatures in less than a half-day. Of course, it seems that for the last few years, that doesn’t matter to Pottsville school officials.
To show your support for the movement to save the full-time Publication Dept advisor, use the hashtags #SAVEPUB and #PUBvBOARD.
Sign this online petition: CLICK OR TAP HERE
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