LaVergne News Link-Dump

LaVergne is in the paper today…

First let’s go to LHS to see what people are now saying about last week’s “pep rally” divided by race to motivate for better grades. 

Rutherford County Schools Director Harry Gill will tell his principals to avoid assemblies for subgroups after recent complaints about La Vergne High gathering its black and Hispanic students, a district spokesman said.  “Mr. Gill said they will look for alternative ways of handling these situations in the future because of the amount of misperception and misunderstanding from some parents and students,” said James Evans, district spokesman.

The woman whose body found in the woods off Hollandale Road was murdered.  Police confirm they found a bullet with hair attached.

Police believe the female, in her 20s, was murdered. A wallet was found “some piece away” from where the remains were recovered, Boyd said, but doesn’t belong to a woman.

Police continue to search for Nikki Sisounong.  The DNJ reports she is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on her disappearance is asked to call La Vergne Police at 615-793-7744.

And there’s been yet another shooting in the Lake Forest neighborhood, but this one appears to be a domestic dispute.

Neighbors reported that an argument broke out at the home and one person walked to their home and got a gun. Police recovered several shell casings along Holland Ridge Drive.

Finally – and this isn’t exclusive to LaVergne – the school board may be revising fundraising rules to exempt low-income families from participating.  I take personal insult in the statement by the Dad who led the effort to protect his kids from the heinous, outrageous people who’ve tried to raise money for schools in order to provide more for all the children.

“They’ve been collecting this money for a long time,” said Fisher, a corrections officer at a state prison. “They know it’s illegal. They’ve been operating like a den of thieves.”

Sorry dude.  I know fundraisers are a royal pain in the butt, but you’re rather a donkey-poo to be calling those who are trying to improve schools by raising money for classrooms and projects “thieves.”  Next you’ll be criticizing the schools because they aren’t doing “extra” things for your kids…. why?  Because they no longer have the “extra” money fundraisers bring to do them.


3 Responses

  1. The situations at LHS and with RCS motivate me everyday to try and do what I can to get my kids into a private school. In public schools, you are damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    If Melvin Daniels and other county principals are only given grade breakdowns by ethnicity, then his only option is to meet with a whole ethnicity to discuss improving their scores. Daniels should know that having his school constantly on and off the target school list could cost him his job. But because some people feel entitled to be offended, he get’s blasted in the media. (And no, I’m not only referring to hispanics; had he only met with white kids, one of them would have complained too).

    When I was in school (MHS class of 2000, so not so long ago), if most of the class scored bad on a test, the teacher would often take an extra day to go over the material because apparently it hadn’t sunk in. That’s not to say that 2 or 3 people in the class didn’t get an A, but they stilll had to review the material again.

    Take that forward to standardized tests. If the entire 3rd grade class scores bad and they are summoned to the auditorium, does little suzy who scored well now come out and complain that she’s lumped in with all the third graders? And what if the 3rd grade class scores bad and the 4th grade class scores well, should we bring in all 3rd and 4th graders just to make sure no one is offended??? After all, some of the 4th graders scored bad and maybe needed a ‘pep rally.’

    The only thing I’ll say that Daniels probably should have done different is to meet with all three sub-groups seperately. But you’re still going to have the ‘offended’ crowd whining and complaining.

  2. He met with the black subgroup separately from the hispanic subgroup, but other minorities who weren’t black or hispanic met at the same time as the hispanic meeting.

  3. I really think that Daniels was doing this all in the favor of improving schools, but like you said, “Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t.”

    And on the recent shooting in LFE, The bus drivers were all over the air with it yesterday afternoon. This was all going down as the middle schoolers were trying to get home.

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