Marked Tree Schools no longer on alert status

Friday, August 22, 2003

Marked Tree Superintendent Gary Masters received word last week from the State Department that the Marked Tree School District is not on alert status as defined by the No Child Left Behind legislation.

Masters prepared the Marked Tree School Board at their last meeting, saying he "wouldn't be surprised" if the school was placed in the first phase of academic distress. Only three days later, he was informed that the district has met the starting points required by the No Child Left Behind legislation.

Masters told the Tribune that this good news gives him "an extra year" to work on an improvement plan.

Masters says "tremendous intervention" will be needed to raise test scores.

He has begun an intensive schedule of meetings, walk-throughs and training in "attempting to move away from top-down hierarchy" toward individual accountability.

Masters will meet with every single district employee on a two-week rotating cycle and a leadership team will meet once a month.

Masters told the Marked Tree School Board "We're doing fairly well and I think we're overcoming greater obstacles than some other districts."

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