We’re making good progress, but we still have more to do is the overall assessment of the consultant working with Red River schools to assure they are in compliance with state and federal regulations regarding the Title 1 program. That program is the large source of funding for local schools.
Consultant Betty Laird said the plan is required because the state has to meet all the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. She said, “The emphasis is on title one kids to upgrade and advance their education. Red River Elementary School gets almost one million dollars in extra funding to help all the kids.”
Laird met separately with groups of administrators, teachers, parents and other interested persons at each school over several days. The group for each school will meet periodically during the school year to adjust the plan as needed and to discuss implementation. Laird said, “The plan last year did not get the elementary school where it needed to be. The question is ‘why’ did you not make enough progress to move above the level of last year?”
Following the meeting of the high school group, the school posted, “School Wide Plan Meeting with students, staff, teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and district personnel sitting in one room reviewing last year’s School Performance Growth and starting to make a plan for next year. Each year celebrate the growth but don’t be satisfied work for more.”