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New focus on low-performing schools in Pinellas



The Pinellas County School District is taking a fresh look at ways that it can improve academic outcomes at struggling schools.

A key piece is to recruit and train mentors to work in some of its most challenging schools, including six elementary schools on the state’s list of 100 lowest-performing schools in Florida . Those schools are: Fairmount Park , Melrose , Woodlawn, Lakewood , High Point and Campbell Park .

Already, the district has 25 students from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg in classrooms at Fairmount Park Elementary, and 29 adults at Lakewood Elementary, Fairmount Park , Northeast High and Gibbs High. The district also started a campaign to recruit 500 mentors for St. Petersburg schools.

The district also trained staff members at the R’Club and YMCA in reading and math strategies to help students in after-school programs. United Way of Tampa Bay is helping the district improve parent and community involvement at Campbell Park Elementary.

About 25 black men signed up for the Real Men Read program. And the Born Eagles program, which focuses on caring adult relationships, emotional and physical safety, and developing community ties, has been expanded.

The six elementary schools on the state’s list also are getting an extra hour a day of reading instruction, past the normal school day, as mandated by lawmakers last year.




[Last modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:33pm]


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