Evicted and Expelled
Monday, October 4, 605
Kylie looked down. How do you respond, when the principal, the acting principal, says, “This is a nice school, in a nice community, with children whose parents go to work and come home, and help them with their homework.”
“How nice for you,” went through Kylie’s head, but although she didn’t say it out loud, it gave her enough cheek to look up.
Kylie’s mom was incarcerated, and it was her current mission in life to keep family out of the foster care system. She was certainly not sharing that with Mrs. McElveen. So they looked at each other uneasily.
The officer arrived. He seemed apologetic for being there, sensing the unease. He knew the acting principal wanted the Smith kids evicted and expelled, everyone knew it.
“I’m just concerned for their safety,” Mrs. McElveen was explaining to him. “They have to tell us where they are staying so we can help them.”
“Are they truant?” Officer Tesla asked.
“And they’ve had no disciplinary issues. They come to school every day, which they have the right to do. And they have the right to privacy,” he added pointedly.
Then he excused himself from this inquisition. On the way out, he smiled at Kylie, “Mr. Bright said they need you in English class right away. Something about a group project.”
Mrs. McElveen huffed, got up, and turned her back on Kylie. “You’re excused,” she said.
More School Pictures
I didn’t get a whole, full school update in, but I did finish the new, expanded areas for the secondary school.
There’s a small media center. The primary students have media once a week, when they can choose books and read. The primary students’ other enrichment subjects are art, music, and PE.
There’s also a computer lab in the media center. The main uses for the computer lab are the programming elective for high school students, and virtual courses (research), because primary students have computers in their classroom.
Here’s the engineering shop, also an elective (handiness skill)
The cafeteria, which also houses the culinary arts elective (baking, cooking, and gourmet cooking skills)
Science classroom/lab for high school students (logic skill). James Petite is the science, math, engineering, and rocketry teacher.
And the upstairs hallway, which is between the two academic classrooms for high school, and houses the lockers for secondary students, as well as the principal’s office and the stairwell to the roof (rocketry club).
Principal’s Office. As head of the school board, Laney McElveen is the acting principal, but that may be addressed at a future board meeting due to her unethical handling of the Smith family FERPA rights.
English, Social Studies, and Foreign Language classroom. Students work on their writing and charisma skills in these subjects, as well as read books. Mr. Bright is the teacher for these subjects and the Senior Class Advisor. The only thing I moved out of the classroom were the skeleton and the science posters.
Here’s a related issue to homeless or unaccompanied youth– undocumented immigrants being refused to be able to enrolled in high school, which is against the law.
The Rights of Unaccompanied Youth in school