Monday, October 15, 2018
Education

Two troubled Hernando schools show improvement

Eastside Elementary School, which became the first school in Hernando County history to earn an F grade from the state in 2013, rebounded dramatically in 2014, scoring a C.

After receiving the failing grade, the district assigned the school a new principal, Mary LeDoux, who had a long run of success at Brooksville Elementary.

LeDoux changed the dress code, required nightly reading assignments, even switched mascots. Extra funding allowed the school to hire more help for core subjects. A number of community volunteers pitched in to help.

Ultimately, the changes led to a performance jump shared by only nine other schools in the state.

Fox Chapel Middle School, coming off two straight D years, also showed improvement, climbing to a C in 2014.

Dan DeWitt, Times staff

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