New Website Addresses Concerns about Local High School

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

A website created by people connected to Lincoln High School raises big concerns.

The anonymous website lists no names, but asks people to sign a petition. A petition calling for change. starts off with this statement:

"Students' best interests are being traded for a façade of excellence. From ill-advised curriculum changes to unprecedented attrition of veteran teachers, Lincoln High School is moving in the wrong direction."

Sabrina Allen, a candidate for Leon County Schools superintendent, went to the school board meeting last night to express these concerns as the voice of everyone behind the complaints.

"They have been trying to get answers from the principal, Allen Burch, and allegedly, they have not received the answers that they want," Allen said.

"The superintendent hasn’t responded, the board members haven’t responded."

There was a meeting to have an open discussion about these concerns, however.

Principal Burch held the meeting the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Allen said that Burch and school board member Forrest Van Camp were there to speak about the concerns.

Principal Burch released this statement regarding the website:

"As principal of Lincoln High I am very proud of our outstanding teachers and students. My goal is to ensure our continued excellence. Our focus at Lincoln is on continuous improvement and we are open to any suggestions to that end. We are aware of an anonymously created website which questions our administration’s focus on students. The website content is misleading and inaccurate on all levels. Contrary to the content presented, our continuous national ranking in Newsweek, increase of enrollment in advanced courses, yearly increase in standardized test scores in addition to Lincoln High School’s Climate Survey all acknowledge success of the curriculum and performance of our students, staff and administration. Lincoln High School is dedicated to excellence and I am very proud our high performing students and teachers."

Allen says there are parents, faculty and staff who are unhappy with the way things are being run at the school.

She hopes Superintendent Jackie Pons listens to everyone's complaints.

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  • by Paul O'neal on Jun 15, 2012 at 07:23 PM
    I find Lincoln High school adequately dissatisfying
  • by LinFac on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:29 AM
    The meeting just before Memorial Day...the folks that were "incredibly" rude were the woman from DOE and the guy in the blue shirt that sat next to Burch. As far as addressing concerns? He was completely evasive when one teacher brought up the graduation rate as it related to students being "excused" for 40 or more unexcused absences in a class. He did not answer or explain that question. The more students you can get to "graduate" = a higher graduation = a feather in your cap...but at who's expense? the students, the local community? the integrity of the school system?
  • by Zoe Location: Tallahassee on Jun 14, 2012 at 09:41 AM
    Funny how you don't have any facts to back up how Lincoln is going down. They have only gone up in scores academically and families love it there. These are a few disgruntled teachers who may disagree with Mr. Burch but have absolutely no facts to back up any of their claims. What cowards to remain anonymous but just poke your head out to make a hurtful comment. Adults bring legitimate concerns to the table and talk about it in the open.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 at 02:43 PM in reply to Zoe
      Zoe, have you ever heard of retaliation? That is what happens to teachers that bring up "legitimate concerns" to Mr. Burch.
  • by Parent Location: Tallahassee on Jun 14, 2012 at 07:00 AM
    Sabrina Allen was incredibly rude to Mr. Burch at the meeting on the Friday before Memorial Day. He addressed the concerns there.
  • by Griff Location: Tally on Jun 14, 2012 at 06:59 AM
    This is why our 3 kids will be homeschooled.
  • by Charles Location: Tallahassee on Jun 14, 2012 at 04:37 AM
    Someone should also add Rickards to that list of concerns. If Ms. Allen truly wants to win the election she should also talk about how the son of the Rickards principal was able to use the school as his own criminal playground and not be held accountable! It was even documented here by WCTV. Our school system is a mess.
  • by James Location: Tallahassee on Jun 13, 2012 at 07:08 PM
    A similar revolt happened at Florida High after a new director and principal came in and started firing veteran teachers and hiring their buddies. The principal, Johnathan Grantham, has subsequently fired after he was found having sex with multiple elementary school teachers on school grounds. Give petty people petty power and they go nuts with it.
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      by LinFac on Jun 14, 2012 at 06:58 AM in reply to James
      As a former Lincoln faculty member, All I can say is FINALLY! Thank you Garin Flowers for taking up this fight. The people of Leon County need to know the truth about what is happening at Lincoln. It is sad to see a good school being sucked into a downward spirl into a dark pit. Hopefully, the elected officals will take notice and make the appropiate changes that this school needs.
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      by Zoe on Jun 14, 2012 at 09:46 AM in reply to James
      Mr. Burch has not hired any of his 'buddies' and has a wonderful reputation of being above board in all areas of his life. He is neither petty nor would he hide behind a website and attack people personnally.
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