An Introduction to the Project
By Savanna Jones
Over the course of the last 8 years since reopening in 2006, Manual High School has undergone many changes. Ever since reopening, Manual hasn’t had a stable leadership, there have been four principals since 2006. The current graduating class of seniors have seen three different principals in their four years at Manual, and each principal has come in with their own plan of what will make Manual successful. The constant change in leadership, has lead to changes in the curriculum and a lot of teacher turnover. These changes have kept us from succeeding, and due to our low enrollment and low test scores the district wants to enforce even more change to Manual starting in the year 2015-2016.
There is a proposal for the neighboring East High School to take over the Manual campus and create a joint 9th grade academy. In addition to the 9th grade academy, Manual will also house a S.T.E.M. High School. Neither of the proposals are taking the Manual Thunderbolts into consideration. The scholars at Manual today are tired of the constant change. We are tired of people who don’t know us tinkering with our future and we are taking a stand.
Our current vision pushes us to not only be scholars, but also revolutionaries. Today we begin to actualize this vision. We have taken many courses of action to speak up and ensure that the district and our community know that we have voices that need to be heard. We have begun an I Choose Manual email and photo campaign. The email campaign consists of many students’ argumentative essays that we composed about whether or not the East/STEM proposal is the best option for Manual. We sent these to district officials, our administration, and East High School’s principal. We are doing this to advocate for our future. The student essays will be published on this website. Please read the essays and HEAR the voices of a community that has been silenced for too long.