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 Top Student says CAB Should Return its Focus to Education

March 19, 2008 - If Diana Trautmann were superintendent of the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation, things would probably be run differently than they are now.

The well-spoken top student in the Class of 2008 is disappointed with the way some of the business is being conducted at Knightstown High School. She said the constant turnover of administrative personnel and the controversies surrounding the school corporation has made life more difficult for the students.

“I think the priorities are mixed up,” Diana said. “I would get to work on our academic programs because they need to be more challenging. There’s just not enough opportunity there, although I believe it’s not that different at some other schools in the area.

“I went to New Castle for about a month or so my seventh grade year. I was a full year ahead of everyone in my class. They were using the same books I used with I was in the sixth grade. I ended up back at Knightstown.

“But I still think we are behind where we should be academically.

“Also in this school certain kids get away with doing certain things that others wouldn’t dare do. Some of the younger kids come in here and show such little respect for everyone.

“I think the administration and the community need to worry more about the students and the education,” she continued. “It seems like everyone is worried more about other things and education is being left behind.”

She would like to see the school corporation on a little more solid footing when it comes to administrative personnel.

“We have a temporary superintendent and we’ve had a lot of changes with our principal and other administrators,” Diana said. “They need to find good people and keep them here. I don’t think they have any idea how difficult it is on kids when they need a recommendation from their principal for college or something else and with all of the turnover we’ve had, he’s brand new and doesn’t even know the kids.

“I’m not saying anything bad about Mr. (Raymond) Willsey, because he’s done a great job, but the turnover creates a hardship on the students, too. It’s harder to function when your administrators don’t even know you and aren’t sure who has really earned their help.

“I think they are spending too much time on everything else and not enough time on the education of the children.”


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