Salem leaders are concerned about the impact of year-old, critical report on Bentley School.
Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and School Superintendent Dr. Stephen Russell are planning to meet next month with Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester to discuss the turn-around process for the Bentley School and a critical report on the school. The commissioner is scheduling a site visit to Salem in February. On Thursday night, Russell said the report, which he has seen only in draft form, is based on a site visit conducted a year ago. Much has changed since that visit, including the state's designation of Bentley as a Level 4 low performing school, he said. “We are moving forward. We do not want this report to cause a backlash in the community,” Driscoll said. At a minimum, the superintendent would like for the …
13-member stakeholder group will spearhead effort to improve on Level 4 status.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The following press release is courtey of the City of Salem. Mayor Kim Driscoll and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen Russell announced Wednesday the appointment of a 13 member stakeholder group to lead the turn around effort at the Bentley School. Bentley Elementary School was recently designated a Level 4 School by the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). As part of that designation, school district officials must appoint a school stakeholder group to help draft a turn around plan based on one of four state and federally approved models. The school district will also be eligible for up to $500,000 in competitive grant funds to help implement school improvement plans. The 13 member panel will operate on a …