I did nothing for months, because I wanted to give myself some time to research the new school, and see what options were available if I wasn't happy with this reassignment. I was more than happy to see that he'd be moved from the school he was attending, I've hated it from day one, when Tommy was going there, but I figured with things being shuffled around, this would be my opportunity to put him somewhere that I thought he and I would be better off.
In the end, I decided that the school they'd assigned him to would be the best bet, aside from private school, which I can't afford. It's a brand new school, the facilities are top of the line, the neighborhood is better than the one where he was going before. It was a county school, but not a city school. The parent teacher ratio was better, many of the teachers were from surrounding counties, not ones that had been entrenched in the Union County system for decades, and the overall population was more balanced, as far as minorities vs non-minority students. I thought perhaps, in this new school, I stood a chance of getting newsletters, field trip forms etc in English (Seriously, the school he was attending was so imbalanced that I often got such paperwork in Spanish only.)
So I went Monday, while filling out the paperwork for Kassi and Kory to change to their new county-mandated schools, and enrolled Brendon in this new school.
Today's mail includes a letter from the Union County Public Schools that says:
On November 22, 2005, the Union County Board of Education approved a plan to reassign certain (insert old school name) Elementary School students to (insert NEW school name) Elementary School. The board amended that decision on June 6, 2006 when it redistricted some of these students back to (Old) Elementary School for the 2006-2007 school year, and then to the new Elementary at the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year. The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your child is among those students who will be reassigned to (Old) Elementary School at the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year...What the fuck!? The poor kid has been in a tizzy about changing schools - he's painfully shy and not comfortable in new social situations anyway. I spent twice as much time (and gas) on the running back and forth between these 2 schools to get him enrolled. I've already filled out all the transfer forms and spent an hour in the friggin office of the new school filling out new enrollment forms. And then they send me a letter to tell me they've changed their friggin' minds!? And to top it off, of all those people I talked to at both schools, no one could mention that this had all changed again three weeks ago?!
I'd love to know who had their brain in their back pocket when they made up this whole damned plan. Oh and get this, the letter lists a name and telephone number to contact in case you need to speak to someone about the situation. I called. She's on vacation till July 10th. Impeccable timing, no?
So, uno ano mas a la escuela de los pendejos!