More on the HoLa program (Part II)
Here are some more documents for you to review regarding the “dual language” program (HoLa) that the Hoboken Board of Education is so giddy about implementing:
More fiscal questions
Much has been made about whether the dual language program is actually a “dual language track within a school” or a “school unto itself” no determination has been made in the implementation plan. The HoLa leadership team back in June called the program “an independently run contract school” though Superintendent Jack Raslowsky took great pains to dispute that that is the intention.
Read the circle graph – Appendix C – and draw your own conclusions…
Why would the district need a written plan to provide HoLa with facilities, furniture and equipment if it wasn’t a separate and independent school?
Appendix D – is a classroom staffing plan and includes 1 teacher and 1 teacher assistant for every classroom. I’m sure every parent of every elementary school child currently enrolled in Hoboken Public Schools would like the same student/teacher ratio. But they won’t get it.. Separate but equal…
that doesn’t apply here.
Appendix E – On top of the $150,000 6 month contract to the HoLa consultants there will be much more money spent to support this “school”. Teachers, Full Time Program Administrator, Administrative Assistant, Family Liason, Bi-Lingual Literacy Specialist, Reading Coach, Teachers for Special Subjects, and a dual language Curriculum Expert.
If the Program administrator will be the “instructional leader” and “must possess or be working toward School Administrator certification” will the District eventually have 2 District Superintendents? One for the regular public school and one for the separate and independent dual language school?
Other Services needed from the district include; a pool of substitute teachers, before and aftercare program, special education support and security, maintenance and food services staff.
Appendix F – HoLa budget breakdown for 5 years… which doesn’t include most of the items listed above. So what will the cost of this independent and separate school be to the district? Where will the funding come from? What will be the cost to all the students enrolled in the regular population?
Again – lots of questions – and very few answers. At this rate – is a $100 Million dollar School Budget on the horizon?