IB Program Subject of Town Hall Meeting

Important Town Hall Meeting on Monday

Temple Terrace will hold a special Town Hall meeting Monday,
Dec. 17, 2012 to consider a proposed IB Program at Riverhills Elementary

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Omar K. Lightfoot Recreation Center, 10901
N. 56th St.

Temple Terrace City Council members will hear a presentation from Hillsborough
County School Board members and representatives explaining the program. An
International Baccalaureate curriculum is designed to challenge students with a
more rigorous, project-based approach to education that encourages
problem-solving and independent thinking.

City leaders, however, want to know what impact or repercussions the program could have on other Temple Terrace schools.

The School Board’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Parents
and others interested in Temple Terrace area schools are urged to come out and
learn about this proposal, ask questions and express their views. Maps and
other documents about the program will be available.

“This is an important issue,” said Mayor Frank Chillura. “We need to make sure
Temple Terrace schools reflect our neighborhoods.”

For more information, contact the Temple Terrace City Clerk’s office at (813)


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Dorothy December 14, 2012 at 01:38 AM
To learn more about this proposal go to www.templeterrace.com click on "agendas & minutes", go to the "School Support Committee Minutes", and select December 3, 2012 from the drop down menu.
Pam Devoid December 17, 2012 at 01:11 PM
.God forbid we move kids from the south side of Bullard to the North side of Bullard, that is what the real concern is for Temple Terrace. Well guess what the Southside of Bullard is a part of the city too, to deny our city the ability to have an IB program in an elementary school in the city is a crime, because right now most of the residents move their kids to charter or magnet schools. I suppose if this was being proposed for Lewis or Temple Terrace Elementary it would not be an issue since their children don't appear to fall into the "F" rated category. Come on people if King can accomplish what they have with their IB program is there really any question about the IB program at Riverhills. Disappointed with our city that this is even an issue. Well like I said if they wanted to do this at Lewis or Temple Terrace this would not even be a question, very sad. I support our New Council and Mayor, however I don’t always have to agree with some of the issues, and actually this is just my opinion I have no idea where they stand on this issue.
JW Smith December 17, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Pam this is an issue because it will negatively impact TT and Lewis. The "IB" program at Riverhills is not the same as the IB at King. King did not shut down their whole school to regular students - they added an IB program to it. Not so with Riverhills as all of the students at Riverhills are being sent to either TT or Lewis. The classrooms at those schools will now have upwards of 30 students in each class. There is also no guarantee that Riverhills will serve kids from the Temple Terrace area since it is by lottery. There are no kids zoned for Riverhills any more. I propose we make our local schools great and serve the local kids, whether on the north or south side of Bullard, and stop resorting to a gimmick that does not help our local schools.
Pam Devoid December 18, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I agree King is still open to regular students, and that is a big difference. Currently there is still a school choice program as far as I am aware, and Riverhills is no one’s choice. In addition there is a class size law in place so class sizes will be protected by law. The real issue is that maybe not so many residents will be able to send their kids to Lewis because of class sizes mandated by law, so now people will have to use the other schools in Temple Terrace. I do not blame our current city administration for what has happened to Riverhills, however we need to fix that school and if everyone just wishes to continue to move their kids to Lewis it will never be fixed. So maybe if we put the IB program there that will become a school of choice for many and they will migrate away from every parent wanting to send their child to Lewis. We have multiple schools that serve Temple Terrace not just 1, including Temple Terrace, Riverhills and Folsom. Not to mentions the charter and magnet schools. I am sure there would be a shift in students, it might even be a better balance than putting all of the struggling students at one school and all of those who excel at another. Some will migrate away from Riverhills and others would migrate to that school. We have got to pull our city and its schools together or we will never be a place people want to move to with their families.
eeka boig December 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM
We are currently zoned for Lewis. It's a good school, but to be honest, it's just hanging onto a good balance of kids. I think if you send a bunch of kids that are way behind, many with behaviors issues to Lewis, it's going to take a nose dive.


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