Will the school board pull the plug on Broughton High School's magnet program today?
As noted in today's article, Broughton will get some scrutiny when the board reviews the magnet middle and high schools. On the district's magnet reviews, Broughton has a low ranking when it comes to accomplishing the magnet goals of reducing high concentrations of poverty and promoting student diversity.
But options other than demagnetization are also expected to be discussed.
For instance, Kevin Hill, vice chairman of the school board, said he's interested in the idea of requiring Broughton's magnet students to stay in the International Baccalaureate program to keep their seat at the school.
One of the complaints over the years is that students apply for Broughton's IB program just to get into the school. They then don't take the IB Diplomma Programme offered to juniors and seniors.
Broughton Principal Roy Teel explained that all freshmen and sophomores are considered students in the IB MIddle Years Programme. But students then choose whether to enter the very rigorous IB Diploma Programme for their junior and senior years.
Teel said that 200 students, roughly 20 percent of the juniors and seniors, are in the IB Diploma Programme. He said that figure has been increasing. He didn't have a breakdown of how many of those 200 students are magnet kids.
Hill said that if they make the students take the full IB program it would be exactly like how they treat people who apply for other special programs such as Junior ROTC. People who apply to leave their base school to go to a JRTOC program must remain in it to stay.
Speaking of JROTC, school board member Lori Millberg said she's not really into removing Broughton's magnet program. But she'd like to explore something such as moving Broughton's JROTC program to another school.
Millberg said the same concept would apply to Enloe High School. She thinks it deserves to remain a magnet school. But she said there are probably some things that Enloe does that it can lose, such as the aeronautics program.
Millberg said the aeronautics program can then be offered at another school. She said that other school doesn't have to become a magnet school as long as students can apply to attend that kind of program.
When reviewing the magnet program at Broughton and the other schools, school board member Eleanor Goettee said they have to see which ones "offer the most bang for the buck" considering the district's limited funding.