Parents Looking for Change at Mountain View

By: Josh Knight Email
By: Josh Knight Email

More than 150 parents, whose children attend Mountain View Elementary School in Rockingham County, signed a letter to say things at the school need to change.

Parents explain, over the last three years, test scores have dropped and reports of violence have increased.

They started the dialogue with the school system in February and they hope to get the school back on the right track.

"Now we're ready to have the school board members help us make Mountain View a great school again," says Judy McNett, a parent of two students at MVES.

Parents say they're worried that Standards of Learning pass rates are dropping, especially in English, History and Science.

However, Mathematics and Writing scores have stayed relatively level or risen at MVES.

Reports of violence, especially disruptive behavior, have also increased.

Since the process began in February, research has been done and conversations have been had and Rockingham County Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Fenn will compile a report.

"We're concerned about the instruction that's happening, we're concerned about the lower scores, we're concerned about the number of staff members that are no longer at Mountain View," says McNett.

"I have responses for each one of those concerns. We've heard them as a group, we've heard them individually," says Fenn.

She says she will give her results to the parents by the end of the week.

"It does take a village, you know parents and school faculties working together is what's going to make a difference for children," adds Fenn.

"You can compare Mountain View scores to just about any other school in Rockingham County and see the differences online. Parents can look that up, teachers can look that up," says McNett.

However, Fenn says there are also positive things happening in the test numbers at MVES.

"There's nothing unique to Mountain View Elementary School. They are solid scores, there is improvement in many areas," explains Fenn. "There's an occasional blip but at the same time there was a blip in the radar for other Rockingham Schools or other Virginia schools."

McNett says she does not think the problem is a lack of technology or funding. In fact, she says the PTA at MVES has raised money for additional technology.

"But, it's not used the same way, it doesn't have the same leadership focus, it makes a big difference," says McNett

School Board Chairwoman Gayl Brunk says, "We are still in the process of receiving that report and evaluating that and I give you my assurance that you'll here from me tomorrow, as early as tomorrow to let you know where things are at and where we go from here."

Fenn shared her report with the school board in a closed session meeting Tuesday night. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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