Western High School Principal, Neddy Alvarez Talks Turnaround
AIR DATE: February 21, 2012
Western High School is one of Clark County School District's five turnaround schools. Western High is mostly Hispanic and located in a working class neighborhood with many English language learners. For years the school has struggled with academic achievement. With increased federal funding this year Principal, Neddy Alvarez wants the school's engineering and technology programs to be emphasized, but, it's a tough road for Alvarez and her students where dropout rates have been a problem.
Alvarez was part of a team of district volunteers who walked door to door looking to bring students back to school who have missed a significant amount of time. That effort got 12 commitments from students to come back to school but the district still has thousands of kid who won't come back. We talk with Neddy Alvarez about the turnaround efforts at Western High School.
Ms. Alvarez did not address the the strategies and expectations of change intended by the Turnaround process. Her comments sounded like excuses for non-achievement and gains. The commentator could have pursued her intended interventions that she is paid federal money to implement- but did not - and instead a discussion was held regarding how many teachers were transferred. This principal sounded highly defensive and provided only excuses, focused on social problems and economic issues of which she has no control, to explain away the intended gains by this initiative. Most important, why was the actual scores and gains in student achievement from the November testing not questioned? Come on State of Nevada- we expect more and better. This is why AM talk radio is so popular. I look to this program for depth, not coddling and excuses. By the way, I love this program... most of the time. Gary Waters –Feb 17, 2012 09:37:33 AM
Ms. Alvarez is a complete tyrant. She doesn't make the staff feel welcome and comfortable. She is never in the classrooms is always in her office or in the halls rushing students to class. In general, she is not a pleasant person to work with. They get tons of funding but the school cafeteria leaks horribly when it rains and there is nothing offered to the students to encourage them to be here and feel comfortable. The bathrooms are even poorly maintained. Anononymous –Dec 20, 2012 08:07:31 AM