NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches High School Band has practiced all month long to be ready for a variety of performances, including Thursday's teacher convocation. Students met their deadline, but adults are turning in their work late.
Hundreds of students instructed to pick up their schedules Thursday and Friday arrived only to find out it was cancelled. A not so smooth, summer long transition to a new computer system is blamed for the delay. The transition started in May. Then counselors were brought in for a "brief" training on how to run the system. "Then in the first part of August or really last week the master schedule had some changes in it and so schedules had to be rerun again," Ronny Knox, executive director of Student Services explained. District administrators were unaware the schedule pickup had to be cancelled.
Just like students do on some of their term papers, counselors are burning the midnight oil to try to get their work in on time. They are set up in a war room of sorts, behind locked doors and 'do not disturb' signs. They're implementing a strategy to meet their Monday morning extended deadline.
Schedules are scattered on the floor, in chairs and across desks. Counselors stare at computers conducting the tedious job of going over hundreds of schedules that students submitted back in May. Their goal is to have them ready by Monday. "We're hoping to," said one counselor.
On Monday morning Nacogdoches High School students will need to find posted alphabetized lists directing them to a home room. That's where they'll get a schedule. The district's web site link to "Parent Connection" has schedules posted, but students and parents are warned, they may not be correct.
Hopefully the glitch and anticipated confusion on the first day of school won't destroy positive attitudes. The faculty gathered at the convocation wearing school colors. One very cheerful McMichal Middle School teacher said she's looking forward to "all the lovely children. They're great."
The superintendent says he hasn't seen this kind of enthusiasm among teachers for quite some time. Dr Rodney Hutto is wanting to channel it to a different teaching perspective. "Our whole job is not to just bubble little circles on a test, our job is to raise children," said Hutto in his address. Hutto says he does not want teacher to "teach the TAK's." The test is important, but Hutto is wanting innovative techniques to send students into the "digital age."
When students return to NHS they'll notice some facelifts. Work is continuing on remodeling of the administrative offices. The main entrance is all new. "It's just a total change. Different colors, different materials been used in it. It seems more open," Chris Davis, plant services director said.
A tax rollback led to the renovation of a library and multimedia center. Students will have state of the art computer equipment and systems. With any luck, the technology won't delay any future deadlines.