At the August 27th Leon County School Board (LCSB) meeting, elected officials approved an application seeking revenue for the district’s turnaround plan for Bond Elementary, Oak Ridge Elementary, and Pineview Elementary.
The LCSB submitted a Turnaround School Supplemental Services Application to the Florida Department of Education in compliance with Senate Bill 7070. The Board requested a total of $680,327 from the Turnaround Schools Supplemental Services Allocation (TSSSA) to fund implementation plans for each school.
Bond, Oak Ridge, and Pineview are all eligible for TSSSA funding based on turnaround status. Information provided at the meeting details an implementation plan with seven action items and associated budget estimates for each school.
The proposed allocations show Pineview receiving $148,651, Bond receiving $305,389, and Oak Ridge $226,987. Detailed budgets for each school are listed below.
The plan for improving student academic proficiency, one of the required action items, makes up a large part of each school’s budget estimate. Bond plans to provide afterschool and Saturday instruction through its existing Eagle Program, estimating a cost of $87,000 to pay teachers in the program.
Oak Ridge will use $23,000 to develop an “Academic Academy designed to provide tutoring to students beyond the school day.” Pineview will spend $34,803 paying teachers to develop “differentiated practice” reading and literature homework to respond to individual students’ needs.
To gauge academic improvement, the schools must create “clearly defined and measurable high academic and character standards.” All three schools plan to continue their existing strategies in this area—classroom walkthroughs, the Positive Behavior Intervention Support program, and more.
Each school also must offer professional development focused on “academic rigor, direct instruction, and creating high academic and character standards.” Oak Ridge will spend $40,000 on workshops and professional development for teachers and administrators. The goal of the workshops is to create strategies for helping students meet standards in math, science, and ELA.
Another action item requires schools to “identify, recruit, retain and reward instructional personnel.” All three schools plan to publicly celebrate teachers by recognizing their successes in student academics and behavior, but the memo does not include how the schools plan to identify and recruit personnel.
The schools are also required to build community relationships through services like enrichment programs and parent events. Oak Ridge estimates spending $55,000 on a STEM activity center and afterschool tutoring. The school will host community programs at its P.O.P. (Preparation, Opportunity, Progression) Center.
Similarly, the schools must attempt to get parents more engaged in their children’s educations. Bond will use $78,940 to host monthly parent workshops and events like a STEAM/STEM Night and a Community Enrichment Day.
Finally, each school must have a sustainability plan. Bond will use $55,479 to maintain community relationships through a parent liaison, Oak Ridge will dedicate $8000 to its after-school program, and Pineview will spend a total of $47,740 on tools like interactive classrooms and a reading garden.
The sustainability plans aim to ensure that each school will continue improvement even after turnaround.