LHS Good to Go According to RCS Internal Investigation

UPDATE:  New link.

Don’t like how things are being run at LHS?  Sorry!  According to the DNJ, no violations were found in complaints filed against Principal Dirk Ash.  One finding,

Enrichment/study hall — Complaint said students have 100 minutes per day — 30 minute lunch and 70-minute study hall — where they are not involved in any instructional time.”The investigation revealed that during this time (ESPN) students are involved in lunch, study hall, clubs, remediation and enrichment. Similar sessions are scheduled at other high schools within Rutherford County. Based upon information gathered from the instruction department this is an acceptable practice,” the response states.



17 Responses

  1. What a complete and utter joke. Conducting an “internal” investigation is like the fox guarding the henhouse, but I’m really not surprised at the ruling. The ones paying the ultimate price are the students and I do feel badly for them. If my daughter was younger, I’d be right in the middle of this, but since she graduates this year, I’m washing my hands of the entire thing and hoping for the best when she goes to college.

  2. This whole mess has me seriously considering homeschool for my two.

    • My daughter actually asked me to look into the possibility of her transferring to Smyrna next semester. Who transfers to a rival high school the second semester of their senior year, especially since she’s been in LaVergne schools since kindergarten?!

      Theresa, I don’t know how old your kids are, but I only give Ash a year or two at most, so if you can wait it out, I would.

      • Sherry, I have plenty of time, I have an 8 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. (and…actually my son currently goes to school in Smyrna on an exemption because his zone school in LaVergne is less than stellar.)

  3. It’s rather interesting that this page, http://www.dnj.com/article/20101014/NEWS01/10140332/No-violations-found, is no longer available………….

    I was somewhat bothered by the fact that RCS would find it appropriate to have such low expectations of students, handing a grade of 50 for no work is a poor practice.

    Setting such low expectations could possibly inflate the graduation rate for adequate yearly progress, exactly the reason why he was placed at LHS in the first place.

  4. So here is one more complaint which most students may oppose……the new principal says “no homework”.

    Really no homework….how are our children going to learn responsibility, task management and quite a few other things that go hand in hand with being an adult?

    I guess if the kids have no homework then the can’t get zeros for not turning it in or not getting a good grade on it…oh wait then the school as a whole will seem to be making smarter students….NOT!!!

    I guess the lesser of two evils is ok for some but I think Daniels definately had to go, but come on….lets keep looking for a better replacement or at the very least bring back at least one tool (homework) that helps are children become capable adults…..


    • We do have a law in Tennessee called the Uniform Grading System, every LEA (local education authority) must use this standard grading scale, sixty-nine percent or below is a failing grade.

      The TN Department of Education enacted a policy to allow leverage to the LEA so that they may use different strategies to assist with the transition for the new graduation guidelines.

      It sounds more like strategies to keep the schools in line with the NCLB (no child left behind) laws.

      • Im my honest opinion, this “No Child Left Behind” Law has done exactly that – left children behind… granted it helps the less studious children (or the ones who couldn’t care less), but for the ones who take their education seriously, it does harm them. It keeps them from learning what they need in order to succeed beyond high school.

  5. The following announcement showed up on the LHS home page earlier this week:

    LaVergne High School Homework Policy 2010-2011:

    • Homework may NOT negatively affect grades the student has earned in class.
    • Homework MAY impact a child positively – i.e. If a child completes a homework assignment he/she may receive an extra credit grade, replace a failing grade, or be given a total of homework grades in a portfolio format (a cumulative grade for the entire grading period).
    • Please use MASH when planning and assigning major assignments and projects to be completed outside of class.

    Clear as mud, isn’t it? And I have no clue what MASH is. :(

    • Only one for this….Wow!!! There again the only one benefiting from this is the schools record….

      • Stephanie, I definitely agree with you, but my daughter is thrilled to have no homework her senior year after busting her tail for three years in advanced honors and AP classes. I’m afraid it’s really going to affect the younger students down the road, though. Can you imagine four years of high school with no homework? College will be a rude awakening. :(

  6. More news on Rutherford County Schools

    School Counselor suspended for improper contact


    This article noted the counselor previously worked at LHS from 2006-2010.

    • I don’t know her personally, but from what I understand, she was very well-liked by the students at LHS and was part of Mr. Ash’s “housecleaning” when he came on board. I can’t imagine volunteering for a guidance counselor position at Smyrna West unless she wasn’t given a choice.

      I’d certainly love to know the details and outcome of this investigation, but it’ll probably never be publicized.

  7. I was speaking with one of the LHS teachers who was telling me about the bullying Mr. Ash is doing. Also with the calculator threat a couple weeks ago, none of the teachers knew about until the end of the day, so how were they going to stop any harm?? How about the football player who threatened to kill his entire class and got detention for 30 minutes and the teacher called his parents? Why wasn’t he zero toleranced out??? The school board said to be quiet to the teacher if they wanted to continue to have a job!!! WHAT??? SHHH!! Don’t tell?????Really….

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