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Cluelessness Doesn’t Have to be Incurable!

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   7 Comments | Posted in ADAP · driver's ed · high school

I promised an update to the ADAP saga.  Here it is!

My natural optimism won the day, though it started out iffy. After a runaround from the high school counselor whose cluelessness was surpassed only by her lack of motivation to help, we were fortunate to meet Susan in the curriculum department who, initially clueless, desired to upgrade her status to “informed”. Susan jumped into our dilemma and started from scratch, making phone calls and sending emails to anyone who might help resolve the situation.

In the course of Susan’s investigation, she involved a gentleman named Mike, a driver’s ed administrator from the community school (not the high school, though they are affiliated). Mike, like Susan, started out clueless and invested time to learn about the online ADAP program.  He phoned me at 4:00 to fill me in.

The eADAP, as it is called, is a new program, rolled out by the state of Georgia earlier this year to attend to special circumstances like my daughter’s.  Because it is new, the high school has yet to assign an administrator to, um, administrate.  Simply put, they dropped the ball.

Mike is now on a mission to make this course available through the high school and community school, something that should have occurred months ago.  He contacted the state official in charge of the eADAP program who agreed to help me set up my young ‘un for the online course.

So all’s well that end’s well, though it hasn’t ended yet.  This techno-dweeb must be talked through administration sign-up and password acquisition for the eADAP, and my daughter must complete the course modules.  My optimism continues to reign, though.  We’ll git ‘er done.

I offer a giant thank you to Susan and Mike, two people who didn’t have to care or take the time to research and solve a problem they were not responsible for, but did.

All without me having to grovel or provide a tiramisu bribe. Some people just rock.

Til next time –

7 Responses to "Cluelessness Doesn’t Have to be Incurable!"

  1. Comment by BECKY
    August 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm  

    Well, shoot! I should've read this BEFORE I posted my lengthy rant on your previous post! It does appear as if all will turn out well…but, as I mentioned before, my knowledge of inept officials keeps me from being totally optimistic along with you! For you and daughter's sake, I hope it will all work out, and promptly!! 🙂

  2. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    August 20, 2010 at 10:00 am  

    Hi Lisa,You are an awesome and helpful Mom … I love how you persevered and got the problem solved.I love this part:"After a runaround from the high school counselor whose cluelessness was surpassed only by her lack of motivation to help, we were fortunate to meet Susan in the curriculum department who, initially clueless, desired to upgrade her status to "informed".Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm  

    Hi Becky – Well, you were spot on with regard to the guidance counselor. She did nothing to help and it is scary that her biggest concern seemed to be, "This isn't my job." It wasn't the responsibility of Susan or Mike, either, but they really went above and beyond. I hope they like tiramisu. :)Hi Kathy – Thanks! I'll post another update today. It gets even better and my faith in government officials has improved…marginally. 🙂

  4. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    August 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm  

    I'm still reeling from the idea that your daughter was never advised about that health class! Someday, we shall chat about high schools, counselors, and administrative fol-de-rol. And we'll laugh, laugh, laugh. Um, we probably won't laugh. But we might get a good story or two to sell.

  5. Comment by K9friend
    August 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm  

    Just think, in no time at all you'll be writing posts about the terrors of a parent with a teenager who drives!

  6. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    August 22, 2010 at 6:56 pm  

    Lisa,I worked in the public school community school system for sixteen years. We should talk. I wrote a letter to the superintendent stating, "Apathy among faculty and staff at the middle school (where I was housed) shines brighter than the lights in our hallway!" I know what you're going through. Do you still teach?

  7. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm  

    Hey Pat – Yeah, it is ironic that I've gone to so much trouble pursuing a circumstance that will turn me gray!Hi Linda – The guidance counselor flummoxed me. The guidance counselor, for Pete's sake, couldn't be bothered to even look into it! I don't teach, no. My dad did for years and quit the profession because he said he spent more time wrangling with administration on behalf of his students than he did actually teaching. And that was forty years ago. Doesn't look like much has changed.

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