Creekview, NEVADA (TWP)
While school districts across the nation continue to struggle to meet the No Child Left Behind mandates, Creekview School Superintendent Manny Rothchild says his school has perfected the act’s mandates.
“We have never left a child behind in the nine years that the NCLB act has been in effect,” said Rothchild. “We care about the health, well-being, and schooling of every individual child in our school.”
While test scores have not shown improvement at Creekview, the school has continued to grow, and Rothchild said this was partly due to its successful implementation of NCLB.
“The word about how good we were doing has spread, and parents are wanting their children to be at a successful school like ours,” said Rothchild. Creekview is a suburb of Las Vegas, which has the fastest growing school district in the nation.
There are detractors though, some inside the school itself. High school algebra teacher Devin Stacey said, “We teachers have been working on the early reading program at the elementary school and getting our libraries up to speed to help with literacy, and those are both NCLB inititatives, but we’ve had little administrative leadership or support in the process.”
Asked about specific NCLB mandates, Rothchild said, “In the past nine years, we have not left a child behind on any field trip. We have not left them behind when doing a fire drill. We have not left them behind when implementing the free and reduced price lunch program. What more evidence does a person need?”
Elementary librarian Barbara Little said, “The hole in our library ceiling ruined almost one-third of our collection, but instead of using some available funds to fix it, we got a new locker room for the football team.”
Of this use of funds, Rothchild noted, “We have never left a child behind after a football game. They always get on the bus!”