You would think, facing the State Board of Education this week and hoping for a miracle that your charter may not get revoked in the middle of the school year, that you would do everything possible to stop the cycle of violence at your school. This is obviously not the case with the Delaware Met. But then again, this is a school like no other because no charters in Delaware have ever had their charter revoked mid-year. This will most likely happen tomorrow. But I’m sure this is small comfort for the student who had a chair thrown at his head on Tuesday. This resulted in a trip to the emergency room and stitches. With all the additional support this school has put in place: a new principal, school climate officers, discipline staff, and mentors, you would think someone would be able to prevent this pattern of behavior. But no, not at the Delaware Met. I don’t know if these students can afford to wait until January 22nd for this school to close.
It is becoming painfully obvious that this school does need to close. As I’ve said numerous times, you can’t put a Band-Aid on a wound that needs a tourniquet. I am changing this article to reflect that Kendall Massett and the Delaware Charter Schools Network did actually encourage the school to reach out to other charters. As well, DCSN did contact other charters in an attempt to help Delaware Met. I truly don’t know what happened from there, but we are where we are now. I can say this though, there will be no situation where Kendall negotiates a deal where another charter essentially takes over the school. I would have to assume that with Innovative Schools huge role in this school (more so than any other charter they have provided support for in the past), that could get VERY complicated. My apologies to Kendall for my earlier comments!