Simpson: Coronado High parents see positive CSI outcomes

It is pure folly for Governing Board members to think the CSI could turn Coronado around in one year.

Richard Simpson

As the parent of a CHS student in his second year at the school, I have personally seen the efforts and dedication of teachers and administrators to improve the school’s performance. It was most unfortunate that we lost Principal Gilmore after one year, but the turmoil at the district level most likely caused him to question his future at SUSD.

Interim Principal Amy Palatucci is now the third principal in as many years at CHS, but that’s not stopping her. She is positive, enthusiastic, and committed to raising the bar. It is not an easy task, as many students from feeder schools matriculated into Coronado without the level of proficiency to succeed. Dr. Kreikard is wise to expand CSI to feeder schools in the Coronado complex, as many of the learning deficiencies we see today at CHS started at the primary school level.

Dr. Amy Fuller knows there isn’t a quick solution to Coronado’s problems better than most members of the Governing Board. But unfortunately due to her ties to the former superintendent, her voice and opinions are discounted.

Coronado is unlike all the other high schools in SUSD, but that doesn’t mean it can’t succeed. In one year’s time the number of students taking the ACT went from six to 180. Fifty-eight percent more students took AP test. Graduation rate was up from 78 to 83 percent. And CHS graduated its first ever ASU Flinn Scholar!

My wife and I are pleased with the progress we’ve seen at Nado, and are hopeful that others look at more than just AzMerit results when judging the school.

Editor’s Note: Richard Simpson is the father of a Coronado High School student.

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