SPC's Bill Law offers helping hand to Gibbs High
New St. Petersburg College President Bill Law was "enormously impressed" when he met Gibbs High School Principal Kevin Gordon this summer during a social function.
So, when Law picked up the newspaper two weeks ago and read that Gordon's school was headed into intervene status due to five years of poor test scores, he decided to get on the phone and offer some help.
"If there's something that SPC can do to, A) lend some moral support, and B) lend a hand in some of the educational components, I wanted to do it," Law said.
The college now is in discussions with the St. Petersburg school to provide student teachers to act as classroom assistants where needed. Law said he also hopes to allow Gibbs students regular access to a staffed computer lab at the college's Midtown campus, 1048 22nd St. S, to help them with extra math and reading help.
"I'd really like those kids to come over to a more collegiate environment because they'll start to see themselves differently," Law said.
Law said SPC has a long tradition of helping motivated students expand their options through dual enrollment courses. But more needs to be done, he said, for those kids who have a harder time seeing beyond high school -- those who are at risk of dropping out all together.
"My goal is to try to do things with kids who are not yet on track for college," he said.
SPC will be meeting with Superintendent Julie Janssen and Gibbs leaders on Thursday, Law said, to discuss more specifics. And Law said he hopes to bring a proposal to his board later this month.