Greensboro, NC -- Allen Middle School is getting an overhaul. After years of decreased student achievement, parental concerns and more problems, Guilford County Schools decided to implement a school transformation plan.
WFMY News 2 first reported on the changes in early May.
READ: Entire Teaching Staff to Be Changed At Allen Middle
According to the district, less than half of the students passed both reading and math End-of-Grade exams last year, and the school's overall performance composite decreased for the third year in a row.
All of the teachers at Allen took the North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey last year. Only 34 percent of them believed there is an atmosphere of trust and respect at the school. Only 38 percent said the school leadership constantly supports teachers, and a mere 17 percent said school administrators consistently enforce rules for student conduct.
The transformation plan includes:
Replacing the principal;
Requiring all present staff members to reapply for their positions;
Extending the instructional year by 10 days;
Providing an additional five days of professional development for staff;
Providing monetary incentives for recruitment and retention of staff;
Improving parental involvement; and
Implementing full-cycle staff observations
Cash incentives will be offered to recruit and retain qualified staff. Teacher leaders will be paid an additional $2,000 for the school year, and there will be school-wide performance initiatives paid if the school reaches performance goals. The changes will be paid for by redistributing funds. That means the school district already has the money available, They'll just be taking it from one pot and putting it in another one.
District leaders have met with parents about these changes and say over all, they've been very supportive.
Again, the staffing will change at Allen, but that doesn't mean its current teachers and staff are being fired from the district.
They can reapply for their positions, or be transferred to another school.
Other schools in the district have been through a similar process including Oak Hill, Wiley and Parkview Elementary Schools and Andrews High School.
To view the transformation plan, click here.
WFMY News 2