Dothan School Superintendent Tim Wilder’s idea of an equitable middle school system looks a bit different from the current makeup of two magnet schools, Beverlye and Carver, with two other middle schools, Girard and Honeysuckle.
Wilder has worked for several months on a plan that would dismantle the two magnet schools and turn the city’s four middle schools into neighborhood schools, introducing enhanced curricula in each, thereby making access to more rigorous class work available to all students.
Last week, the superintendent pulled the plug on the plan, saying that broad public opposition suggests that officials should go in a different direction.
Give Wilder credit for pursuing an option he believed would better suit the students of our city. He also deserves appreciation for knowing when to fold his hand.
While there will likely be disagreement over what approach is best, it’s clear that the intent of school administrators and the board of education share the same goal as parents – improved educational opportunities for students within the public school system.
It’s important to give serious consideration to proposals set forth by school administrators, and it’s equally important for administrators to be willing to sacrifice unpopular elements while retaining others. For instance, Wilder said a plan to implement honors classes in the two non-magnet middle schools will proceed, as it was well-received by members of the public.
The process to determine strategies toward improvement continues, and we applaud those educators and members of the public who have agreed to serve as members of a restructuring committee to improve our school system.
The committee will hold a public forum at Honeysuckle Middle School tomorrow at 5 p.m. Those interested should attend.