Re: Good relationship W/School
John Tudor (tudorj@WP.CC.NC.US)
Tue, 26 Aug 1997 14:59:50 -0400
At 02:34 PM 8/25/97 -0700, david swank wrote:
>I have found I have a huge problem with the school system here in regards
>to the relationship with Scouting programs. Mainly it is the Elementary
>school that will not cooperate.
>Any suggestions for getting in good with the principal of a school? By
>the way she is a member of our charter org. and the middle school will
>co-operate with presentations.
One thing you might try is to ask some other principals in the area for
suggestions. If you get nowhere in that direction, then work on the next
step i suggest.
At this point I would not worry too much about getting in good with the
principal, but would go to the next level of authority.
You, your DE, and any other interested parties should make an appointment
with the superintendent of schools in the district, and possibly the
chairman of the school board. Discuss with them the advantages of
scouting, your local program, and how the cub roundup works. Then explain
the problems you have been having with this one school, and solicit their
assistance. They can help if they are motivated to and want to.
If you can't get any assistance from this group, your last resource would
be to get on the agenda and give a presentation to the entire school board,
concluding with asking for their support. Do not give up too easily, they
may give a bit of resistance but if you persist, you should be able to get
on the agenda.
If neither of these work, you may be out of luck unless you are willing to
pursue legal avenues. Does the school allow anyone to use the facilities
for anything other than "school related" activities? If so, and they keep
denying you and the scouting movement the use of the facilities, then you
may have a case for a discrimination suit. Maybe just the mention of the
possibility of a lawsuit might be enough.
I hope that there is no need for it to go this far, but I think you have
gone as far as possible with the local principal.
The one drawback to going to the superintendent could be that you might
lose privileges in the other schools. The board policy might be exactly
what the one principal is doing, and the others who are co-operating might
be doing so against the boards wishes.
Good luck, and keep the list posted about the results.
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