Save Our School-Elmhurst (SOSEHS) has produced a public access television program entitled Save Our City. The show aired, on Monday, November 1, 2010 at 3 pm on Comcast channel 57 and Frontier channel 27. The topic of the show is Public Education: Does FWCS Make the Grade? Members of the community, parents and students engage in a roundtable discussion to grade Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) in a variety of areas based upon the district goals and vision posted on their website.
The program was developed to fill the void created by FWCS’s elimination of public comment from the televised portion of their board meetings. This program allows members of the community to speak out on the critical topic of public education and have their voices heard by a broader audience with being bound by a three-minute time limit. In addition, this forum allows the community to review topics that FWCS may not be willing to discuss with the public.
The program features comments from Michelle Tribolet, At Large school board candidate, regarding transparency and fiscal responsibility. There is also an audio-video slideshow that illustrates the collateral damage caused by FWCS cost-cutting decisions from an Elmhurst supporter’s point of view. Excerpts from the Citizen’s Checklist, cost-cutting guidelines from the Indiana Board of Education, are also highlighted.
The lawsuit filed by SOSEHS in response to FWCS’s proposal to close Elmhurst High School remains active. A hearing was held last Wednesday, October 27, 2010, before the Honorable Jenny Pitts Manier in her Mishawaka courtroom. She heard oral arguments from SOSEHS attorney Robert Vegeler of Vegeler Law Office, LLC and FWCS’s legal counsel regarding the motion from FWCS to dismiss. Judge Manier took the arguments under advisement. We await her decision, however, do not have a timeframe for when the ruling will be issued.
The next episode of Save Our City to be produced will feature a roundtable discussion of FWCS high school students speaking out on education issues that concern them. This discussion will be moderated by students and the topics discussed will be initiated by the students as well. Students from all high schools will be invited to participate. For future updates on “Save Our City,” please check the SOSEHS website at: www. sosehs.com
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