District exceeds state’s plan

Sep. 01, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

Some Vance County schools need extra help meeting state standards in performance, and the district aims to get them on track.

The district identified seven schools that fall under either or all areas of the state’s base proficiency composite score of 40 percent.

During a Vance County Board of Education curriculum meeting Thursday, Trixie Brooks, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, presented committee members with a transformation plan modeled by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, which uses federal Race to the Top grants to help school districts improve their low-performing schools.

Under the state’s program, schools are assigned in-house principal and teacher mentors, who develop a strategic plan to improve performance.

L.B. Yancey Elementary is the only school to receive such services from the state in Vance County.

Brooks said the state’s program has lost a lot of positions this year because of legislative cuts in areas of education.

“We don’t know the status of the program,” she said. “And we don’t want to wait for it.”

Brooks said this is something Vance County Schools decided to prioritize on its own.

“The state hasn’t asked us to do this,” she said. “This is something we are implementing to assist our schools early on.”

The district’s transformation plan will place district-level coaches in each of the seven schools — to be announced during the next board meeting — to help with needs such as attendance, test scores and getting students to pass each grade level.

“Each school in not struggling in all areas,” Brooks said.

The state’s transformation plan has courses of action that range from school shut downs to complete re-launches and administrative changes.

Brooks said the district need not go that far.

“We are just being proactive to give our schools the extra help they need,” she said.

Also during the meeting, Brooks announced Vance County Early College High School successfully completed its re-accreditation process in June. Southern Vance High School is starting the process this year.

Superintendent Ronald Gregory was absent during the meeting.

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.