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by Sana Saeed
Matthew Mayne’s departure on January 11 leaves McClymonds High School without a college and career coordinator. But the vacuum is even larger: Mayne taught a 6th period class and led Cyber High. About 1/3 of the 50 seniors need to pass a Cyber High course to graduate.
Student reaction ranged from disbelief to disappointment. Shannel Rix,16, a junior says, “I may have felt happy when he left, but I realize now that he was bringing me closer to my dreams. He helped us with college apps and getting us ready for college.”
“I had no intention of leaving McClymonds during the school year, but unfortunately due to some circumstances I knew that it was best to do so,” Mayne told macksmack.
Seniors say they turned to Mayne for help with college essays, scholarships, and community service hours needed to graduate. Dr. LuPaulette Taylor and Kim Neal are filling in to help seniors write essays and make sure they fulfill requirements.
“I continue to work with McClymonds students,”Mayne said. So some of the students who attend McClymonds are still getting help from him.
Some seniors worked with Mayne to make up credits needed for graduation through Cyber High. Cyber High is a program that lets students make up credits for classes they missed or failed. It offers every class except for foreign language. Danny Sola, 17, a senior, took PE class through Cyber High under Mayne’s guidance. “Matthew won’t be there to open exams for me on Cyber High and I’m starting to fall behind on my work.”
“Matthew Mayne was an important contributor,” said Franklin Hysten, senior director of community programs. ” Matthew quit his job after having accepted a job at another agency,” he added. (He gave a month’s notice and has taken another job working with college-bound foster youth.)
Matthew also ran College Summit and led peer leaders. According to Hysten, he “helped make it a success.”
As second semester began, seniors said they were struggling to complete college applications and scholarship essays. But mostly, Mayne’s 6th period class is a free-for-all, with little teaching or exam preparation.
Esean Kelly, senior, 18, said that Mayne helped him with scholarships, college applications, and essays. Kelly was also a member of the college summit peer leaders.
“We have begun searching for a replacement and the job description is posted on craigslist for anyone who is qualified,” Hysten said.
Since the posting of the job opening, two candidates have been screened by peer leaders. Interviews will be held Friday, February 22.
“We are currently very close in the process of selecting a Cyber High provider,” stated Hysten.
Meanwhile, faculty members are helping students to complete Cyber High. Colleen Piper, Spanish teacher, holds Cyber high sessions during 3rd period and lunch and Shelley Smith is covering Mayne’s 6th period college seminar.