Replace stained ceiling tiles
Call maintenance for the
Sort out papers and handbooks to
Take custodians out to lunch for
All the while, parents who have moved to the area are still coming into the office to enroll students.
One parent came in to withdraw her two daughters. I don't think I've ever seen this woman happy. Her personal mission last year was to get a bus driver fired. In the end, I had an arsenal of videos that could have been used to train bus drivers how to do their job. When she came in... surprise, surprise... she wasn't happy. Still.
Melancholy Mom (with her arms crossed and a haughty attitude): "I want to withdraw my children from this school."
Me (smiling, because that is my job
Melancholy Mom (clearly irked that I asked): "I am home schooling them."
Me: "That is fine. You will need to complete some paperwork at the Board of Education office stating that you are home schooling your children."
Melancholy Mom: "THAT is none of their business! Why do I have to tell anyone what I am doing?"
Me: "It has to do with the Compulsory Attendance law...." Yada yada yawn.
Melancholy Mom (starting to look like a fierce lion): "Well, that just isn't right. The public education in this town is awful, just awful. Do you know what I think is the biggest problem with your curriculum in your school?" Um, no. I really don't.
I just stared at her because I know these types of conversations. The mother
Melancholy Mom: "You guys spend too much time reading. Kids need the chance to see the world and experience things outside of school." Did she think we were an flipping travel agency? And when did reading in school become a problem?