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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