Parents Show Large Numbers

By: Josh Knight Email
By: Josh Knight Email

More than 100 parents are raising concerns about what they call intimidation at Mountain View Elementary School in Rockingham County, but some teachers say there's nothing about which they should be worried.

A few parents say these issues have been going on for years, but recently, parents have gotten specific on what they want.

"A third party investigation is the only option in our eyes, not only for our benefit but for the administrations benefit to prove or disprove what ever they come up with," says Troy Gerber, one of the parents at the meeting Tuesday night.

The parents say they're concerned about the overall climate at Mountain View Elementary School, saying it is stressful and intimidating for teachers.

Former faculty, like Shon Tucker, thanked these parents for getting together and speaking on behalf of the teachers, saying many won't speak up for themselves for fear of losing their jobs.

"After that year, everyone felt too intimidated to voice any concerns so this year, because this group of parents knew that the present faculty could not risk speaking out," says Shon Tucker, a former Guidance Counselor at Mountain View Elementary School.

However, Becky Davenport, a reading teacher, says the climate is fine.

"Many of us have not seen or experienced any hint of intimidation and bullying, but the actions of this parent group have damaged morale," says Davenport.

Brad Moyers has a second grader at Mountain View Elementary and is the incoming PTA president. He says he's unaware of these issues as well.

"I am actively involved in the school and I have not seen any evidence of problems, nor have any of the others that I know that are actively involved," says Moyers.

Rockingham County Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Fenn says they're doing more than a survey.

"Better than a paper survey where you mark the box you get to talk with your colleagues and work directly with each other on the faculty to make those improvements," says Fenn.

Many parents and faculty Tuesday night were optimistic that they can work through this.

They all recognize they have the children's best interest at heart, and that's part of the reason why people are getting so passionate.

The school board, principal and superintendent are still urging parents to come to them with any concerns.


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