New model will boost support for elementary schools

Twelve elementary schools soon will receive additional support to ensure success for their students.

WCPSS officials presented an Elementary Support Model plan to the Board of Education at its work session this afternoon. Educators have been working to identify schools in need of extra attention around teaching and learning since last spring.

The team determined key factors in identifying schools included in the Elementary Support Model. They are school performance, teacher characteristics, demographics, school climate, school leadership and student achievement data.

After careful analyses of these factors, the leadership team met earlier this fall principals from schools preliminarily identified as in need of extra support. In these meetings, principals and their teams were asked to highlight specific challenge points and plans to address them.

From these presentations, WCPSS leadership is determining how to provide immediate support where needed. In addition, leadership will begin developing a model that will offer long-term support strategies.

Areas of support that will be considered are school governance, calendars and schedules, staffing, professional development, common resources and success measures.

Immediate needs that have been identified will require approximately $1 million in funding from the 2014-15 budget. Work on the elementary support plan begins next month. Funding from the 2015-16 budget will be needed to continue this work, along with a secondary support plan for middle and high schools in the near future.