Zais to visit St. Helena Elementary

info@islandpacket.comAugust 28, 2013 

State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais will visit St. Helena Elementary at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 5.

Zais has publicly pointed to St. Helena Elementary in recent weeks as an example of what can be accomplished when a community galvanizes to push for a school's improvement.

The school went from an "F" last year to an "A" this year under school letter grades recently issued by the state to rate school progress toward meeting federal accountability goals.

The previous year's "F" led to a 14-point plan to turnaround the school, where almost all students come from families struggling with poverty. Community meetings were also held and parents got more involved in the school than ever before, according to the district and school officials.

Zais will visit with school and district officials to learn what took place in the school to change its federal accountability letter grade, according to a spokesman.

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