Board eliminates Summit curriculum
WELLINGTON — With a 4-3 vote and after much heated discussion, the USD 353 Board of Education eliminated the Summit curriculum from Wellington schools at its most recent meeting.
The Summit curriculum is to be fully eliminated from the district this July. The curriculum, which was added as part of the district’s redesign plan mandated by the Kansas State Department of Education, was controversial, with some in the community vehemently opposed. Eliminating it without another curriculum in place has generated some controversy of its own.
“I never got to experience Summit but I was in school when it was going on and I watched a lot of my friends switch schools because of it,” WHS graduate Piper Fisher said. “I also watched a lot of my friends cry over it. I honestly think that it is a good thing they got rid of it.”
During the BOE meeting, board member Tom Henning said he pulled up a mental health survey, showing 70% of students at WHS had suffered from depression.
USD 353 Superintendent Adam Hatfield suggested taking a survey and getting specific answers. “I want data that trumps individual conversations,” he said.
Board member Carol Hadorn, a retired teacher, expressed reservations about eliminating Summit without another curriculum in place that had been studied and that the community would be given time to buy into.
A Summit Learning spokesperson sent an email saying for the first time in more than a decade, sophomores from Wellington High School performed above the state average, after one year in the Summit Learning program.