School's New Procedure Raises Controversy

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

A new eastern Kentucky school opened its doors with a new procedure, preventing parents from walking their children to the classroom.

More than one hundred parents showed up at a site based council meeting to voice their concerns.

Parents were very heated at Tuesday night's meeting at the new Prestonsburg Elementary School.

With the new school building opening on Monday, the principal and her staff felt there were safety issues with parents walking their children to class.

Parents who walked their children to class every day in the old school building felt there was no need to change the policy.

Principal Gwen Hile-Frazier says she changed the child drop off plan for safety reasons.

With the new school farther away from the local police department, she thinks the likelihood for danger is greater.

But parents were not happy with the new decision and some say the new plan is not organized.

Some parents were surprised to find they needed to draw a number to pick up their child from school.

Some parents feel there was no need to change the previous policy.

After hours of discussion, the principal and her staff decided to go back to the previous school plan.

“Do I still think it's the best solution? I'm not sure. I still have a problem with people coming in and out of the building and me not knowing who's here,” Principal Hile-Frazier said.

For the rest of this week, parents will drop off their children at the front door and they will be escorted by the principal and her staff to their classrooms.

Starting Monday, a new parking lot will be finished, allowing parents to drop off their children and walk them into their classrooms if they choose.

Also beginning tomorrow, parents will be allowed to pick up their children from the classrooms.


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  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Oct 12, 2007 at 01:03 PM
    Blah, blah, blah. Do you want your children protected, or do you want everyone to have open access to them? Pick one. There is no in-between. Thumbs up to the school for looking after the best interests of the children!
  • by faith Location: somerset on Oct 12, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    i agree with this decision, i think our childrens safety should be first. i also believe that children should only be brought to school under special reasons, the more traffic at school means more danger to our children. put children on the buses that are provided, in which makes more jobs in the community and more income to our counties and cities.
  • by PES Parent Location: prestonsburg on Oct 12, 2007 at 07:44 AM
    I would like to say to Gwen, Thank you for looking out for my two kids - any amount of extra saftey procedures are welcomed. Floyd County should be proud to have the new school and have respect for the officals that run it. By the way if your child needs that much help getting to their class, maybe they should be homeschooled.
  • by Parent Location: Prestonsburg on Oct 11, 2007 at 08:29 PM
    It seems that if Mrs. Fraizure had the trust and admiration of the Parents of PES she would not have had a problem implementing this procedure. The problem is that parents are sick and tired of her actions. The majority of Parents at PES are understanding of this new procedure and would welcome the tightened measures, if it were implemented in a manner that was somewhat professional or respectable. The problem is not with this procedure but with the person who continues to force Parents out of their children's school. I personally believe in this new procedure and had concerns in the old school when the measures were very loose and if there were a vote-I would vote for implementing the procedure; but again the anger coming from these parents is because of past history with Mrs. Fraizure. This could have all been avoided if the board of education had listened to the dozens of parents when Mrs. Fraizure was being considered for the principalship at the new school. Make it right-FCBE.
  • by parent Location: prestonsburg on Oct 11, 2007 at 03:09 PM
    I believe we should think about the safety of the children and not parent need. Teachers are not allowed to discuss your childrens problems without a conference anyway. I have been in the school many times and teachers have always told me they could not discuss my children in front of others. We always had to schedule a conference. I believe if we all have a positive attitude our children will also have a positive attidue towards the school. Parents need to have more patience.
  • by Parent Location: Prestonsburg on Oct 11, 2007 at 11:39 AM
    Parents that walk their child to class may just want to check on their child’s progress and MOST teachers appreciate the parent being involved in that manner. “Get it right” because that is a type of INVOLVEMENT! Also, this discussion is not about “showing up anytime you want” but about designated times in the mornings and evenings when you can have contact with your child’s teachers and make sure your child is where they need to be. That is not INTERFERANCE because it’s before school starts and after school not during instructional time. BTW schools do not allow parents to “be a driver for field trips” because it is against board policy so "get it right".
  • by Parent Location: Prestonsburg on Oct 11, 2007 at 09:00 AM
    I think some parents need a lesson on respect and patience. How is a child going to respect his or her principal and teacher if they see no respect from their parents for them? Afterall, children only know what they are taught or what they see. A child's best teaching starts at home with good examples from parents. PARENTS, YOU NEED TO SET A BETTER EXAMPLE FOR YOUR CHILDREN. THEY ARE YOUR FUTURE. UNRULY PARENTS CALLS FOR UNRULY CHILDREN!!! WORK WITH THE SYSTEM, NOT AGAINST IT. LET YOUR CHILDREN SEE YOU WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. LET THEM KNOW YOU WANT TO HELP PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR THEM AT THEIR SCHOOL. WHAT IF YOUR CHILD SAW A SCHOOL SHOOTING ON THE NEWS AND ASKED YOU IF THAT COULD HAPPEN AT THEIR SCHOOL? WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THEM?
  • by Parent on Oct 11, 2007 at 08:31 AM
    I would like to thank Mrs. frazier and her staff for thinking about the safety of our children. There is too much happening in this world today to let "SAFETY IN SCHOOLS" go unnoticed. Every time you turn the news on there are school shootings happening everywhere. If anyone thinks it could never happen in our little area, "THINK AGAIN!" Times are changing and so are people. Out of 800 and some students, I don't think a handful of parents should be allowed to make such a decision for the entire school. I hope this decision will be changed to benefit our students and staff, not the parents. If it isn't changed and a disaster were to happen (I pray it doesn't), then some of you parents will have to live with the disaster on your hands. Don't blame Mrs. Frazier and her staff or the Board of Education. They can't do their jobs because some parents won't let them and think they know what's best for everyone.
  • by PARENT Location: KY on Oct 11, 2007 at 07:24 AM
    READ YOUR NEWS PEOPLE! AN 11 YR OLD CHILD WAS DROPPED OFF AT SCHOOL AND CHECKED IN THE SCHOOL AND WAS SUPPOSE TO GO STRAIGHT TO CLASS, BUT DIDNT. THAT CHILD WENT MISSING UNTIL THAT EVENING...NOW IS IT BETTER TO DROP OFF YOUR KIDS AT THE DOOR OR WALK THEM TO CLASS? BE INVOVLED WITH YOUR CHILDREN, KNOW WHATS GOING ON IN THE CLASS, AND KNOW THEIR TEACHER. ME AS A PARENT IM VERY FORTUNATE THAT I DONT HAVE TO WORK MY HUSBAND PROVIDES WELL FOR ME AND MY CHILDREN, BUT I UNDERSTAND THERE IS PARENTS THAT HAVE TO WORK BUT WE AS A SCHOOL, AS A FAMILY WILL WATCH OVER AND HELP AND LOOK OUT WHILE WE ARE WALKING OUR KIDS TO CLASS MAKE SURE NOTHING STRANGE IS GOING ON. THIS SCHOOLS FAMILY HAS GROWN BIGGER WITH 2 SCHOOLS COMING TOGETHER AND WE NEED TO GET TO KNOW EVERYBODY POSSIBLE AND GET TOGETHER WITH THE PRINCIPAL TO COME UP WITH A SAFETY POLICY.
  • by Anita on Oct 11, 2007 at 06:51 AM
    are the children safer because of a new procedure, should be the question. some people are thinking only of themselves and their resistance to change rather than what is best and more structured for the kids. my child grew in the virginia school system and they always insisted that you drop off the children at the front door, and they gathered in the gym, with moniters. The parents were also required to give a list to the principles office of the people allowed to pick-up your child. If you were picking your child up you had to go to the office and sign them out. That way school officals had a record of who should be in the school at all times. I never felt threatened by the fact that the school system had the best interest of my child in mind when those rules were put in place.

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