FORGING SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS 5
ForgingSchool and Community Relationships
ForgingSchool and Community Partnerships
Whatshould be the principal’s plan to remediate this problem?
Thefirst course of action the principle should take is to take backcontrol of the school. It is clear that the principle neglected themost fundamental responsibilities he is entrusted with. Theeffectiveness of delegation was impaired because it was overdonetherefore, affecting quality of results.
Theprinciple should own up and accept to have failed the school byfailing to attend to responsibilities that he is entrusted with. Thisshould involve a formal apology to the teachers, parents, andstudents. The apology is important to gaining their trust again. Heshould apologize in person through a face-to-face conference.
Afterthe formal apology, the principle should go through some of theissues that led to the current situation. He should reassess theissues and repeal any laws passed by the deputies, which are deemedunfavorable. He should then involve teachers, students and parents inthe decision-making process concerning the controversial issues. Whenthe aforementioned stakeholders are involved, they will be moresatisfied with the decisions made. This implies that complaints willbe lowered to acceptable levels (Stroh,2002).
Whatspecific PR problems can you identify and how should they be solved?
Thedecisions must not have been communicated properly to the students.This is because of the freshmen that were fighting. It is likely thatthey did not know the laws governing the school well.
Sincethere were four major grievances directed at the assistant deputy, itbecomes clear that the deputy did not involve the staff in decisionmaking. He made decisions with little involvement from the staff. Healso did not take time to assess the impact of his actions anddecisions on the entire faculty and staff.
Makingdecisions that a majority of the teachers did not agree with or seeas fair results in demoralization and consequently the high turnoverwitnessed.
Planfor the Public Campaign
Thefirst action will be to urge students to talk to their parents aboutthe need for the Parent’s Night in place of the annual visits.Before that, the students will be talked to about the need for achange. They will also be asked for ideas on how to make the Parent’sNight more enjoyable and better. This is a way of getting them tosupport the change. With students supporting the change, it becomeseasier to convince the parents.
Thesecond action in the plan is getting in touch with all the parentsand convincing them about the importance of the Parent’s Night. Thecontact will be made through email and a door-to-door campaign. Theemail will highlight the concerns that teachers gave for not beingable to continue the long-standing tradition. The parents will beurged to understand that the district has become unsafe for teachersto visit parents and students at home. They will be persuaded thatdropping the tradition is a way of preventing possible crimes such asmurder, rape, and robbery to the teachers because of insecurity incertain areas. The Parent’s Night will be sold to opposing parentsand teachers as a strategy of caring and looking out for teachers.This is meant to help parents see the reason it is hard to continuethe tradition.
Adoor-to-door visit will be conducted by groups of teachers onweekends. The visits are meant to complement the email and furthershow parents that teachers care about them and their kids. During thevisit, a discussion will be held between the parents and teachers.The students will be urged to support the teachers during the meetingas a way of convincing their parents.
Theadvantages that the Parent’s Night presents over annual visits willalso be highlighted. Parents will be urged to understand that bycoming over to the school, they get a chance to meet all teachers whoattend to their kids instead of meeting a single teacher. Parentsalso get to meet each other and other students.
Thefirst step to take is to highlight all issues that are believed tocause the bad environment in the school. It is only afterunderstanding the issues that can a remedy be formulated. Once theissues have been identified, they should be placed in an order ofpriority. The affected groups can also be categorized in order ofpriority by understanding which one is the most affected and whichissues affect it the most. External factors that cause the effectsthe most should also be identified. Prioritizing allows for efficientallocation of resources (Firesmith,2004).
Theteachers, students, and parents will be contacted to determine theareas of administration that they are not satisfied with. They willbe asked for their views, which will be taken into account whenmaking amendments to policies. Incentives such as lowering of schoolfees will be introduced to attract students and parents to theschool. That will be followed by a strong campaign aimed at informingparents and teachers that the school is back in line and is a safeand favorable environment for them to be (Firesmith,2004).
Firesmith,D. (2004). Prioritizing Requirements. Journalof Object Technology,3(8),35-48.
Stroh,E. (2002). Don`t be afraid to delegate: article. Politeia,21(2),p-66.