Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper is not surprised to see Northside High, J.W. Faulk and Boucher Elementary on the "Academically Unacceptable" list.
"Alice Boucher and Faulk are going to have the same treatment, new principals and new assistant principals..." What the schools weren't prepared for was the change in scoring requirements. Before a score of 65 kept a school off the list, now the score minimum is 75. Cooper says he's proud of Northside High. "Northside made tremendous gains. They missed by only .6 of a point of not being on that list," explains Cooper. Melinda Voorhies is the new principal at Northside High. Voorhies says come August 10 she has some standards of her own to put into place.
"The master plan is to get them to a C or better a B as far as school performance scores. I think we can achieve that," says Voorhies. Dr. cooper says all the schools will achieve it. The turnaround plan is in place for next week. The plan is being applied in all the schools regardless of being academically acceptable or not. "All of them need to improve. Some more than others, but we want them to all be A's at the end of the 6 year and we can't wait," says Dr. Cooper.