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Posted: Monday, October 25, 2010 2:00 am | Updated: 8:16 am, Tue Apr 22, 2014.

After four decades in education, Whitefish School District Superintendent Jerry House is ready for a break.

House will retire June 30 after 40 years as a teacher and administrator. He has spent over a decade in Whitefish.

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          2 comments:

          • OldRRer posted at 1:23 pm on Fri, Dec 3, 2010.

            OldRRer Posts: 39

            Applesandboobies with a name like that I can tell you are a real mature and sensible adult. I agree NCLBA needs to be fixed or blamed but, Jerry House is and was a joke as an administrator. He is the major reason why the Whitefish School District is in such trumoil and downward spiral. He's allowed looney parents such as yourself have too much involvement in the educational process in Whitefish. He was more concerend with preception instead of reality and this is why so many families in Whitefish now send their children to other schools. No he is an official lame duck administrator now but, has been one for many years and you count argue with the facts. Name the auditorium after him it's prime example of his charelton ways as an educational leader.

             
          • applesandboobies posted at 12:33 pm on Mon, Oct 25, 2010.

            applesandboobies Posts: 17

            I sincerely wish Jerry House happiness in his retirement, he is leaving behind some big shoes to fill. I currently have three kids in the Whitefish School District, two at WMS and one at Muldown. I have taken to calling Jerry House on several different occasions with concerns as a parent. He is quick to return a call, interested and engaged in conversation (even if it is from a parent to make a complaint), and eager to find a solution. Although WHS is somewhat of a cosmetic and infrastructural smear on our school district, the other two schools are absolutely beautiful and invigorating learning environments. When my kids first came into the Whitefish School District, I was informed by other parents, that if ever I have any problems with procedural or administrative issues, to not hesitate to give Jerry House a call. I took their advice, and have found him to be down to Earth with more than his fair share of common sense. If it were up for a vote , I would vote to name the brand new auditorium after him.
            On a side note, I was very interested in this article where it talks about children coming into a district one day before state testing. I know that we live in a "nerf" world and aren't supposed to exclude anybody, but this should be addressed. Now so more than ever, because of the No Child Left Behind Act. How can a school be held accountable for a child's scoring on a test, when that school is not responsible for said child's previous educational experience. I remember doing state testing as a child, getting the lesson about how to properly use the same pencil that I had been using the day before, not breaking the seal before it was time, and then I filled in the dots. It seemed at the time that these test were done so that the data bases that be could evaluate where schools are falling behind and maybe where they need to budget more attention. Now it seems as if the test are just competitions for bigger slices of the budget pie, helping to dumb down America. I also feel that the test scores should be weighed according to attendance. The school district should not be held responsible for a student who neglects to show up.
            That could be your retirement "hobby" Mr. House, figure out a way to get rid of No Child Left Behind, because, well, some children actually do need to be left behind, so that they have an opportunity to catch up.
            I apologize for my side rant about NCLBA, enjoy your retirement Mr. House, you have done a good job.

             

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