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“EVERY JOB WAS ADVERTISED AT VICK ELEMENTARY”/ EOG TEST SCORES REVEALED TODAY

All positions were opened this summer at Vick Elementary School in order
to get a staff aimed at helping the school with its historically poor
performance.

“Every position
at Vick was opened and advertised, which allowed for existing Vick
employees and educators across the district to apply for the positions,”
Lynch explained in an email to TWP.

Amber Lynch, Wilson County Schools spokesperson, would
not say WCS got rid of the existing staff at Vick Elementary. “Every position
at Vick was opened and advertised, which allowed for existing Vick
employees and educators across the district to apply for the positions,”
Lynch explained in an email to TWP. “Interviews were held to find the best
candidates and dedicated educators to fill the positions.” Vick has also
undergone renovations inside and out.

But Vick Elementary is not the only Wilson County School performing at the
bottom of the district. Lynch said Darden Middle and Barnes Elementary
are also traditionally not doing so well. WCS received federal money to
help at the three schools. “Wilson County Schools was the recipient of a
Federal School Improvement Grant to provide resources at schools
identified as traditionally having the lowest academic performance,” Lynch
wrote. “The grant funding is for five years, and this is the second year.
These schools face extreme poverty and high teacher turnover.”
The money will be used to provide resources to teachers and students,
Lynch said.

While all schools receive money based on the number of children who
attend the school, the three schools that are receiving the grant are in
impoverished neighborhoods, according to Lynch. And the schools have
performed poorly for years. She said WCS is looking to improve the
performances of these schools.

“This has been the trend for a number of years, but our focus is to reverse
this trend,” Lynch reasoned. “These schools now have additional funding
because of the grant, which will help provide more resources. We will
continue to provide high-quality instruction every day by teachers who care
about kids.”

Vick will receive more than $1 million in the federal grant money.
Today Wilson County Schools, including the two public charter school will
reveal their performance through the EOG scores from the spring of 2017.
The Department of Public Instruction will let school districts know today
how they measure up against other school districts across the state.
Principals across the district already know what their numbers are and if
their scores are up or down from previous years but are not able to talk
about how well their students scored until today.

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  1. Janet Connor-Knox 14 September, 2017 at 23:58

    According to Amber Lynch, Wilson County School spokesperson, the numbers look like this:
    Number of High School Graduates 836
    Percent Attending Public Sr. Institutions 28.3%
    Percent Attending Private Institutions 10.3%
    Percent Attending Community Colleges 38.6%
    Percent Attending Private Jr. Colleges 0.5%
    Percent Attending Trade, Business, etc. 0.8%
    Percent Entering the Military 6.5%
    Percent Entering the Workforce 14.2%
    Percent Undecided 0.7%

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