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Major Overhaul Coming To Oak Hill Elementary

12:08 AM, Mar 26, 2010   |    comments
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High Point, NC -- This year, Oak Hill was placed on the federal reform list. That left the school board with the choice of closing the school, re-opening it as a charter school or making sweeping changes.

In return, the federal government could provide up to $6 million for school improvements over three years.

In addition to removing the principal, the board approved a plan to declare every teaching position vacant.

Other changes include a rigorous transparent evaluation system for teachers and principals; support for teachers who are in need of improvement; remove teachers if that support has been provided, but progress hasn't been made; provide ongoing job embedded professional development; and implement strategies to recruit and retain staff.

Even though the board voted yes, 11 to zero, there was still doubt expressed by one member.

"I have a fear that we're creating an unstable environment in reforming these schools from scratch," says school board member Garth Hebert.

"We're at a point where we believe this is the right thing to do," says Guilford County Schools Superintendent, "Mo" Green. "Because otherwise, we've picked a strategy. We've reported on that strategy through the course of the year. Why change now? I don't chase the money."

The district is required to inform the state of the proposed changes by the end of the month and notify the federal government by the end of April.

Also at the meeting tonight, Green turned down his raise for the second year in a row.

Green, whose salary is currently $250,000 per year-declined a three percent raise last year and again this year.

The raises are built into his contract with the school district.

He says he turned it down because of the budget constraints the district is facing.

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