Many of you have been following the news about Ashley Park PreK-8―the nearby Title 1 school just over a mile from Warehouse 242’s front door. For those of you who missed the recent Charlotte Observer articles, you can find them here and here.
The bottom line: Ashley Park’s current PreK-8 configuration is in jeopardy of being dismantled, DESPITE the fact that the overwhelming majority of students, families, staff, and community partners want the school to remain as-is. At last week’s Board of Education meeting, strong voices used their allotted two minutes to plead: “Please don’t change our school!”
Principal Meaghan Loftus has reached out to The West Charlotte Coalition - of which Warehouse 242 is a founding member - for voices of support.
> The best way you can engage is to write a kind, respectful, yet direct email to every member of the Board of Education (their names and emails are below). We have reason to believe at least three Board Members are still undecided.
> Also, we are invited to the next School Board meeting, scheduled for Thursday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m. at Myers Park High School. Your presence there in support of Ashley Park would speak volumes.
You may choose to incorporate some of the following bullet points in your email:
• Warehouse 242 has been a community partner with Ashley Park for the past five years
• We all want to see academic gains happen faster, but test scores alone don’t tell the whole story
• Ashley Park improved a full letter grade last year, and exceeded their growth target
• School suspensions are down from last year
• Ashley Park has an active PTA (or PTSA) for the first time in 10 years
• The 8th grade class is getting ready to go to Washington D.C. for their first-ever out-of-state field trip
• The middle school launched 18 new advisory club electives, including Art, Dance, Debate, Drum Line, Mentoring, and Student Council
• And finally, if you’ve ever walked on campus, tell the School Board what you see, hear, feel and experience that would help them understand how much good change is in the air
Despite serving our county’s highest-poverty students, Ashley Park has brought stability, focus, direction, and great educational gains to our neighborhood children. By using our voices to remind our Board of Education not to change things again, and to keep a good thing going at Ashley Park, we are investing in our West Charlotte neighbors in a critical way that will allow them to flourish.
With great hope,
Marc Dickmann, Executive Pastor, For Charlotte
Wes Vander Lugt, Lead Pastor, Warehouse 242
Board of Education Members:
Mary T. McCray
Elyse C. Dashew
Member District 1
Member District 2
Member District 3
Ruby M. Jones
Member District 4
Member District 5
Eric C. Davis
Member District 6