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Agreement With LHS Angers Harrison Students

The words forced and disciplinary action come to mind when reading the above.   Those types of scenarios can lead to ugly things.  

I've seen several, several! parents speak out publicly on facebook about this, I hope they will transfer some thoughts with us here, too.  My reason for this, I'm not sure others in the community understand how passionate and where their passion derives from in this story.  So yes, facebook friends will understand, but adding it here, the community as a whole can better understand it too.

I hope to hear from you, Alumni, parents, school board staff and friends.

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I don't see the point of a joint prom.  Graduations are separate, prom should be as well.  Seems to me that the students' needs and desires are being completely overlooked by the school board.

If you're going to have a joint prom, you need to have a joint graduation.  My understanding is that LHS would prefer not to have the joint graduation due to the overall higher GPA's of the Harrison students, but seriously, making prom joint and graduation not just looks like two slams at Harrison.

Lakeland Mom, if you opted against Harrison, where did your child end up going? My daughter is in a wonderful elementary school, but I am very concerned about the lack of quality middle and high schools.

Lakeland Mom said:

Personally, Harrison was an option that we declined due to the insistence of LHS academics, and since the charter issue did not seem to be moving forward.

Thankfully, it was the right decision, as the school board continues to force feed LHS down Harrison's throat.

I will say this:  I graduated from LHS and the academic preparation there was more than sufficient.  I was in the top 10% of my class, and graduated from college c** laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Granted, that was a while back.  But still.

Oh holy cow, it edited the Latin for "with" -- good GRIEF.

Oh I agree that forcing more integration on Harrison and LHS isn't a good idea.  I've read that many of Harrison's students face bullying at the hands of their LHS peers, and having been in the fine arts at that time in my life I can certainly see that being the case. 

I'm rather angry on behalf of the Harrison students -- and again, this forced combined prom, when combined with separate graduations, just makes me more mad.  People, make those events separate.  It truly is in the best interests of the students -- all the students, LHS and Harrison alike.

Charter Application for Harrison Center Is Denied

Above you can find some updates to what is categorized as a "leaked" agreement between Harrison and LHS.  Harrison parents, alumni, and students seem to be standing firm in their want to maintain a separate identity and it also seems their voices are reaching to an extent.  Some terms of the agreements are being put on hold for reconsideration.

Will this be enough?

I think for the children this year, putting the combined prom, yearbook, etc on hold is a good start.  But those items need to remain separate.  Harrison has a distinct identity and student culture from LHS, and it needs to stay that way for the good of the students (both Harrison and Lakeland).

I just saw this -- and yes, I would like to see these distinct schools split off from their "spawning" schools.  In other words, yes, you have agreement that far.  Absolutely.

Lakeland Mom said:

I have been screaming this for almost a year, and you are the FIRST person who has come out and had the guts to agree, understanding what I am saying. Alumni, no less!

I know, you may not agree this far, but I truly wish they would let them split off. I wish they would let all of them split off.  Harrison, Summerlin, Aerospace, IB, in particular, are the ones I know about.  

THEN, and only then, will the REAL issues with the high schools come out in the daylight to be addressed.


MandyJay said:

Oh I agree that forcing more integration on Harrison and LHS isn't a good idea.  I've read that many of Harrison's students face bullying at the hands of their LHS peers, and having been in the fine arts at that time in my life I can certainly see that being the case. 

I'm rather angry on behalf of the Harrison students -- and again, this forced combined prom, when combined with separate graduations, just makes me more mad.  People, make those events separate.  It truly is in the best interests of the students -- all the students, LHS and Harrison alike.

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