Bryan School Board Approves Campus Academic PlansFeatured Stories, News Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
The Bryan school board spent three hours at this week’s meeting listening then approving plans to improve academics on five campuses.
Low academic performance resulted in what’s called targeted improvement plans at Bryan and Rudder High, Jones and Crockett Elementary, and the Carver Early Childhood Center.
Superintendent Tommy Wallis says they have to work harder on giving students a more solid foundation. That includes consistency in grading policies.111813-Comments-from-Tommy-Wallis-about-grading-policies.mp3
Jones Elementary School has nearly 700 students, 98 percent who come from economically disadvantaged homes. Principal Linda Montoya says the addition of three instructional coaches means more training in showing students how to write.111813-Comments-from-Linda-Montoya.mp3
Why teachers are leaving low-performing schools in Bryan was also part of the conversation. Dr. Wallis says teachers in under performing schools love their students, but the stress takes its toll and they leave.111813-Comments-from-Tommy-Wallis-about-teacher-turnover.mp3
At Crockett Elementary last year, principal Debi Ehrhardt was among 26 new people out of a staff of 40. This year she hired 20. But she says with strategic hiring and discipline training, the number of student referrals have dropped from 128 in the first three months of last year to 38 this year.111813-Comments-from-Debi-Ehrhardt.mp3
The board also approved a district-wide action plan to approve academic performance.
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