The Wellington School Board had their scheduled meeting Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Earlier in that day, however, it was reported that Superintendent Whitener and several school board members were at Kennedy Elementary observing the classes taking part in the Summit Redesign program.  This was the first time they had done so since the program began.  
This came on the heels of recent school board meetings where the number of protesters against the program have increased greatly over the past few months.  
Over the past week, a reporter from the New York Times spoke with concerned parents and students in McPherson and Wellington.  
Parents with students enrolled at Wellington High School have spoken to various media  about how they have withdrawn their children and transferred them to another school district.  
If Wellington has lost any students due to this issue, it will not be apparent until the school turns in its enrollment count as it does every September to the Kansas State Board of Regents.  
There was quite a crowd of people at Monday evening’s Wellington Board of Education meeting. The crowd included two Wellington City Council members. There were quite a few people standing out in the hallways as all of the seating was filled.  The front of the sign-in sheet was filled with signatures, along with more still being written on the back page.  Various people were holding up signs that read ‘I am here for the children.’ Underneath, the words ‘Summit Learning ‘ had a big X through them.  
A student and parent were on the agenda to speak Monday evening. A Wellington High School student spoke of her concerns with the program, indicating she’s not learning like she should. A parent then spoke about the struggles his daughter has had with the program, telling of the negative changes the program has had on her. This same parent told of how he looked into the program and realized there was no independent data out there to support the program.
This same parent spoke of how their daughter has learned test taking skills more than they did the actual content.
Not learning and dealing with anxiety over Summit, he said, was the reason he’s hearing students are transferring out of the district.
It was clear from the tremendous crowd of people Monday evening, this issue is far from settled.  Superintendent Whitener and the school board listened as these two people spoke their views passionately.  It will be up to them over the next few months to come up with a solution.  
The administration at both the high school and Kennedy Elementary continue to speak of how successful the program is in their emails to parents and students.  
Time will tell if the program can still be successful for those who still have concerns.