Posted by Justin Rice December 14, 2011 03:46 PM
As a result of being named one of six underperforming schools by state education officials on Nov. 14 due to consistently low test scores and other criteria, the Bentley School will form a group of parents, staff and other stakeholders to help develop a “turnaround” plan for the elementary school that has be based on one of four state and federally approved models.
The school district will also be eligible for up to $500,000 in competitive grant funds to help implement school improvement plans.
“We have received an outpouring of support from the Salem community to help improve our schools, and the Bentley stakeholders will be key in leading the turnaround effort at this school,” Mayor Kim Driscoll said in a statement. “I am grateful for their interest and their commitment to this important initiative.”
The stakeholders group has until Jan. 28 to submit recommendations for how to improve the school’s performance to the Superintendent Dr. Stephen Russell, who has to submit a draft of the turnaround plan to the School Committee and state education commissioner by Feb. 27. The education commissioner has a month to make modifications.
The final turnaround plan is due on April 27 so it can be implemented next school year.
“We are off to a good start and I look forward to collaborating with the stakeholders at Bentley to improve school effectiveness,” Russell said in a statement. “Each of our schools will be following suit and forming their own stakeholder groups to help guide school performance improvement plans.”
The 13 member Bentley Stakeholder group includes the following:
DESE Designee Amanda Trainor
School Committee Designee Brendan Walsh
Union President Joyce Harrington
Administrator from School Dr. Renata MacFarland
Teachers from School (2) Ed Mercier and Gabrielle Montevechi
Parent from School Leanne Schild
Social Service Representative Mari Matt, Salem YMCA
Workforce Development Agency Mary Sarris, North Shore WIB
EEC Commissioner Choice Lynd Coffill
Community Members (3) Joanne Scott, Boys and Girls Club
Rosario Ubiera Minay
Justin A. Rice can be reached at email@example.com.