We have received lots of communication from folks over the past week about the recent events at KHS. We understand your frustration, angst, worry, and, even, anger. We have those same feelings as well. From the emails that have been received, there is a strong desire to collaborate on ways to regain a climate that is safe for students and staff and that is conducive to learning. Therefore, we have scheduled two forums so everyone can share their thoughts, listen to other perspectives, and collectively move KHS forward in a positive direction.
The forums are scheduled for Monday, March 28th from 6:00 - 7:30 and Thursday, March 31st from 6:00 - 7:30. Both forums will take place at KHS in the cafeteria. The structure of the night will be a workshop model.
There will be a short presentation to start the meeting where data will be presented relative to the behaviors that have been prevalent and disruptive to the school community. There will also be a brief review of the state statutes that identify the rights and limitations of schools to deal with breaches to the code of conduct.
The presentation will only last for 10-15 minutes and will be followed by small group discussion. There will be a facilitator at each table who will prompt the conversation through a series of questions. The job of the facilitator will be to listen, take notes, and keep the discussion positive and targeted on the question/topic. After the discussion, all notes will be given to an outside source who will examine them for themes. Those themes will be used to focus conversations on changes to systems, protocols, and procedures.
Collectively, we all have the same expectation and that is that ALL students have a positive, safe, rich learning experience at Keene High School. What has transpired this year is unacceptable, but it shall be resolved through the collective voices and resolve of everyone.
If you are interested in participating in the evening forums, please RSVP HERE for Monday’s event by 10:00 a.m. Monday morning. We will also try to stream as much of the event as possible, but it will be difficult to do with the many small group discussions. You can also use that link to provide feedback if you are unable to attend as well. This email will be sent again Monday by noon to RSVP for Thursday’s forum.
Robert Malay, Superintendent
George Downing, Keene Board of Education Chairperson
Cindy Gallagher, Keene High School Principal