FOrmer teacher and counselor Jewell Jones wants TCSD to reconsider elimination of counseling office
Elimination of the counseling office at Lincoln Junior High School prompted a rebuke at last week’s Board of Trustees meeting.
Jewell Jones, who has been with the district as a volunteer, counselor and teacher for the past 33 years, scolded the leadership for scuttling the counseling office.
“Our roots have been hacked to pieces,” she said. “Our support personnel as well as the dismantling of the counseling office will not be felt nearly as much by the adults in our schools as it will by our students.”
Jones served in the counseling office, but budget cuts prompted her move to the classroom.
She showed the board a large envelope containing communications with parents, staff, students and other schools that she accumulated in her duties last year. Included were comments from students and a graduation list highlighted with names of students who had been helped by the counseling office.
Jones asked the board when considering further cuts to “look outside the school setting and let the challenges faced from your decisions impact the adults in the district more so than our students.”
She suggested the board also take a look at positions that were created to relieve the workload in the district office and used anticipated federal funding “to fill positions which will allow the backbone of the district to be reinstated.
The board thanked her for her concerns, but made no other comment.