Pasco school district to restaff Lacoochee Elementary School
Facing a third consecutive D grade from the state, Lacoochee Elementary School in northeast Pasco County will implement a turnaround plan in 2013-14 aimed at improving student academic performance.
On Tuesday, the school's faculty and administration learned their jobs would be part of that plan. If the teachers, assistant principal and principal want to keep their positions, they will have to reapply. This is the first time a Pasco County school wil restaff because of state accountability requirements.
Superintendent Kurt Browning sent a letter to parents Tuesday afternoon to explain the pending move. It read:
Lacoochee Elementary School is an important part of our community, and the District School Board of Pasco County is determined to raise its students' academic performance.
Student scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test have not improved as greatly as desired, and the district is now required to submit a more intensive District-managed turnaround plan.
This plan involved attracting and retaining the most talented and successful staff at Lacoochee Elementary School, and rewarding those teachers and administrators for accepting the challenge of drastically improving student achievement. Today, we met with the instructional staff to let them know that for the 2013/14 school year, all instructional and administrative positions will be readvertised. Existing Lacoochee Elementary School teachers and administrators will be eligible to reapply for a position at the school. In addition, teachers and administrators from other schools also will be invited to apply.
We are committed to working with families, students, the community and school staff to raise student achievement scores at Lacoochee Elementary. This will be a true partnership with all of these stakeholders.
This Turnaround Plan is going to include some significant changes; however, in the end everything we are doing is designed to benefit the students so that they will be college, career and life ready. If you have any questions as the District moves forward with these transitions, please contact Mrs. Ray.