Collaborate with those who help youPublished 11:09pm Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The report in The Selma Times-Journal of Sept.23 entitled ‘Doomed from the beginning?’ did so much to buttress the fact, to me, that those professionals that people avoid at times may be their obliging professional friends. People typically perceive reporters, lawyers, auditors and other detectors as people that must be avoided because they are trouble shooters who expose issues; but in actuality we need to collaborate with some of them and benefit from their skills and expertise for unveiling pertinent matters. In this particular report, Ms. Johnson uncovered the fact that about 96 percent of the Early Colleges are started as schools. When it is instituted as a school, it has its numbers and will be able to function as an autonomous entity. Because it was a program of Selma High School, and was not really a school, that made it difficult to obtain funding that other schools get. In as much as I love Early College and wanted it to succeed, these facts have never been available to me.
I was not on the school board when Early College got started. I have respect for Dr. [James] Carter and the board then and do not know how it was planned, but if we have to restart it, we will have to undoubtedly utilize a planning method that will answer all necessary questions and divulge desirable facts. Some of my collogues on the board believe I have a legal mind and asks questions like a lawyer but the truth of the matter is that my questions are based on my guide posts like prayer, SWOT, or HACCP; so I have no apology.
When we have a project, I try to get answers from questions that SWOT, or HACCP taught me. SWOT analysis is a strategic method utilized in evaluating your strength for the project, your weakness for the project, all opportunities available to make it successful, and any factor that can threaten the success of the project. On the other hand, HACCP helps you to identify potential problems; where they can occur, when they can occur, and how they can be prevented and corrected.
Based on proration and needs with higher priority, our system may not have the strength to carry Early College for a long period of time but the truth of the matter is that based on a reporters uncovering, it is apparent that we have not exhausted all opportunities available out there that is bound to establish the good school as a stable entity. I do not see why the program must be a part of Selma High as long as the director reports to the superintendent or board. We must not let Selma Early College or alternative school get caught in between Selma High School and our partners.
Good stuff do not usually come easy; we will continue to reach out to good stuff; we must continue to work hard to keep the good stuff.