St. John’s, May 22, 2017
Re : Invitation Town Hall Meeting
Dear SCS Stakeholders,
By means of this letter we respond to the information we received last Friday, May 19, 2017, about the Town Hall Meeting.
On May 11th, The Saba Educational Foundation (SEF) held an informative meeting with both the Island Council and the Executive Council. During said meeting, both Councils were given a thorough and detailed explanation of the financial woes of the Saba Comprehensive School.
The precarious financial situation of our school will soon be a thing of the past, come August 2017.
A few teachers will become redundant per August 1st, because after 10-10-10, too many teachers were hired. Approximately 91% of the school’s revenues is spent on salaries, leaving very little money for educational materials and for the students.
The number of contact hours will once again be 35 per week, this is the normal amount of lesson hours at any school (this was also the case formerly at the SCS). This move does not necessarily affect the quality of education. In the past we achieved passing rates of 100 % which was quite normal with the same 35 hour timetable per week.
We have promised both the Executive Council and the Executive Council that we would inform the parents accordingly. This information will not be shared in general meeting, because the changes differ per form / group, but we shall do so in target group settings. Meetings will be held and parents/guardians will be invited to inform them about the upcoming Academic Year 2017-2018 before the summer break. One parent/guardian evening has already been organized. Other sessions have been planned.
It stands to reason, that the School Board and school management will continue with the process as agreed upon with the Island Council and the Executive Council.
We therefore informed the organizer of the meeting, that we will not attend the meeting later today. We have invited the organizer to join the Participation Council as one of the representatives of the parents/guardians and actively contribute to the further development of the SCS.
The Saba Educational Foundation (SEF).