As in any organization, it is important that all parts function together to make the system run efficiently. As a school corporation, we need to be sure that we communicate with all stakeholders of our district and that we are aware of how each position works together to make up the entire district.
That means that the bus driver needs to communicate with parents, the principal needs to communicate with the Superintendent, the staff needs to communicate with administration, etc. There are many more examples of how interrelated we are and because of that, there are many ways that the system can break down. At the Loogootee Community Schools, we pride ourselves in being a system that communicates with all of our departments and stakeholders and take seriously any breakdowns in communications.
One of the most important parts of a highly functioning organization is to know where to go to get your questions answered or your complaint heard. In either situation, always go to the source first. That might be the bus driver or the teacher.If you are not satisfied with the response at this level, or if you do not receive a response, you need to go to the supervisor for that person. For a bus issue, that would be the Director of Transportation,Jon Neideffer. If the issue is with a building staff member, your next level to access would be the building principal. If you have communicated with the supervisor and you are still not satisfied, it is time to move up the communication chain. The next person you would contact would be me, the Superintendent of Schools.If you are still not satisfied with the answer you receive from me or if your complaint has not been resolved, you would then contact a member of the Board of Trustees. We also have a process in place that allows all community members to have access to the Board in our monthly public board meetings. We ask that you follow this chain of command that is reviewed below in a simple graphic:
Chain of Command for LCSC
Staff Member > Supervisor > Superintendent > Board of Education
If your issue involves athletics, there is a slightly different chain to follow. Here, we ask that you talk to your child's coach, then the athletic director before you move further along the chain.
Chain of Command for Athletics
Coach > Athletic Director > Building Principal > Superintendent > Board of Education
We ask that you use this chain of command so that you can receive a timely response from the staff member that is most directly involved in the situation. As you move further along the chain of command, the staff is less directly involved and usually needs time to research the situation before they can give you an answer. If you do not hear back from the person you have contacted within 24 hours, it is time to move along to the next level of the chain. We do not expect your questions or concerns to go unanswered for a long period of time.
We all look forward to a wonderful school year with few complaints. Please note that compliments or acknowledgements of positive events can be directed to everyone along the chain. All of us appreciate hearing that there is something good that has happened!