Board to seek reform reports
By Reggie Ponder
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Midway through the first year of implementing reform models at four schools, the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education is slated to receive detailed reports on the reform’s progress at its first meeting of the new year.
Sharon Warden, chairwoman of the Board of Education, said in a recent interview the board has asked for regular reports in the new year on the progress of implementing the “restart” reform model at River Road Middle and Pasquotank Elementary schools, and the “transformation” model at Elizabeth City Middle and P.W. Moore Elementary schools.
The four schools were identified as consistently low-performing and placed under the state-recognized reform models. New principals have been brought in at the two “restart” schools — Adrian Fonville at River Road Middle and Antoinette Reid at Pasquotank Elementary.
Warden said she expects the reports to be detailed and provide information that will be beneficial to the public as well as to board members.
Warden said she believes the reform effort is going well. However, she also knows there are “hiccups” anytime something new is put in place. That’s why the board plans to take a realistic look at both what is working at the schools as well as what is not working as expected, she said.
“I don’t want anything given to me with rose-colored shades,” Warden said. “I want to know the reality.”
Warden said she has visited the four schools and observed three positive trends: renewed enthusiasm among teachers and staff; greater collaboration among teachers to improve instruction; and more community involvement.
“I have seen a lot of enthusiasm,” Warden said. “People are working very enthusiastically and they are working very hard.”
Warden said she’s also seen a new emphasis on teachers collaborating and sharing ideas. She said much of the credit for the way teachers are improving what they do in the classroom goes to Joanne Sanders, who heads the team of instructional coaches for ECPPS, and those who work with her.
“I want to thank that team,” Warden said.
The other area where significant improvement is already evident this year is in community involvement, Warden said. At all of the schools implementing the reform models — but especially at Pasquotank Elementary School — the role of community volunteers has loomed large in the efforts to improve student achievement, she said.