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School Board Visits Area Schools

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In an effort to improve student achievement, the Bay District School Board is visiting several schools this week, stopping Thursday at Oakland Terrace Elementary.

A newer, harder FCAT brought challenges to many schools around the state, but for schools like Oakland Terrace Elementary, there are a few more hurdles to jump.

"As a title one school here at Oakland Terrace with more than 92 percent on free and reduced lunches, we have a lot of students who are under-reourced," says Deniece Moss, a title I resource teacher at Oakland Terrace.

As one of four schools in Bay County that dropped to a "D" letter grade, the Bay District School Board want to make sure these school have the resources necessary for improvement.

"Our job is still to supply what we need to get these students to where they need to be and if that means reallocating resources which the board can do. If it means figuring out how to get some more time for a literacy coach, if it means finding some more reading material that's appropriate, then that's what the board needs to do," says school board member Ginger Littleton.

Some of the challenges discussed at Thursdays meeting included the need for more paraprofessionals, different reading material like the SRA reading program and possibly revising the teacher appraisal system.

"If you have a highly effective teacher or a teacher that's effective, that individual doesn't necessarily need an evaluation every year. If they don't have to spend so much time preparing for that, perhaps they could spend more time planning and be the better teacher that our kids need in the classroom," says Teresa Holzman, principal of Oakland Terrace.

But with differentiated instruction and a self-implemented two hour reading block, the school is already stepping it up.