Huntsville Council of PTA's
As a member of the Huntsville Council of PTA’s we meet with the Superintendent on a monthly basis throughout the school year. Our local PTA units have had parents discuss the issue of multiple passwords for the many sights used for the digital 1:1 initiative. The Council of PTA’s has brought this to the Superintendent attention many times over the past two years. On 6/2/2016 your voices were heard. At the start of the school year of 2016-2017 students will be able to use a single logon to access all the web based application used by Huntsville City Schools.
No Fighting Policy Update
In 2013 Carlos spoke at a BOE meeting against the HCS Zero Tolerance for Fighting Policy. The policy did not leave an option for administrators to decide if an individual’s participation in a fight could be considered self defense. On May 16 ,2013 the school system updated their policy to add the following statement.
“It will be left up to the administrator’s discretion as to whether an individual’s participation in a fight will be considered self defense. If the administrator deems the actions as self-defense, then a lesser or no punishment may be issued to that participant”
Restart of JOJ , Dawson , Rolling Hills PTA’s
Northwest Cluster President
As President of the Northwest Cluster of PTA’s Carlos main focus was restarting PTA’s that were dormant in schools across North Huntsville. He worked with principals and parents of those schools to restart the PTA units. In restarting those units the Council of PTA's assisted with getting the local units get in good financial standing with the IRS and good standing with the Council of PTA’s bylaws.
Uplifting Huntsville City Schools
In 2012 Carlos developed an online forum for parents and teachers to receive information about the schools system as well as have adult conversation about topics important to Huntsville City schools. The message of the forum is simple
“Making our city better through Scholastic uplift. This group is dedicated to providing information about Huntsville City schools and to provide positive discussion on topics that relate to the school system.”
The forum still exists today and has helped many parents in solve problems their student faced in Huntsville City Schools. The forum prides itself on civil conversation and problem solving.
In 2013 Carlos chaired a committee to find names for the new Northwest High School and the new combined middle school to be built on Pulaski Pike in Huntsville Al. After intense discussion the astronauts Ronald McNair and Mae Carol Jemison, were chosen as the names that will grace the new schools in 2016. Carlos also contributed in submitting the name Dr. Sonnie Hereford which will replace Terry Heights and University Place schools.
In May of 2013 Carlos discovered an issues with credit recovery and athletics. Students that take Credit Recovery classes will not be eligible for NCAA sports. Any scholarship offer that a student athlete receives will be canceled. Credit Recovery units can be used towards a student graduation if the class is passed. Any athlete seeking AHSAA eligibility or NCAA Clearinghouse eligibility cannot take a credit recovery mode course. Carlos brought this to the attention of the Superintendent. From the research he provided and the HCS athletic directors research the system issued a warning to counselors and parents. HCS created a waiver to make parents aware that the student athlete will can not to seek eligibility through the NCAA Clearinghouse. Both the student athlete and the parents must sign a waiver to enroll in prescriptive credit recovery.