Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Ballou loses two key resources

What happens when you help facilitate $2 million in scholarship money for your students, or you start a program for parents that leads to a decrease in truancy? If you're Kimberly Morton or Kevin Green of Ballou High School you lose your job.
Both Morton and Green were victims of budget cuts in a school that needs all the help it can get. The school has a dysfunctional PTA at best and needs that go well beyond addressing peeling paint.

You might be thinking: Who cares about a school taking a few hits in the adm office? But schools need people like Morton and Green, people that motivate seniors for college life and motivate parents to get involved. Ballou Principal Karen Smith calls the cuts a “huge blow.”

Most likely, the responsibilities that Morton and Green took on will have to be made up by Smith. She’s not sure if she can juggle the extra workload and run Ballou. “I’m not saying I won’t do those things, but I can’t do both in a quality way,” she says.

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