Principals give positive report to board

Published 12:12 am Friday, February 22, 2008

NATCHEZ — At Wednesday’s meeting of the Natchez-Adams School Board, good news seemed to be the order of the day.

When principals gave progress updates to board members, they all reported elevated assessment test scores.

Central Alternative School Principal Lorenzo Stampley reported a 73 percent increase in math and a 76 percent increase in reading scores on the assessments the school gives in preparation for spring state tests.

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“We are making progress,” he said.

Lorraine Franklin, Frazier’s principal, said she believes a recent drive to get parents more involved with their children’s education has lead to increased test scores.

Franklin also implemented a school-wide policy that gives kids coupons, to be redeemed for prizes, when they behave appropriately.

West Principal Cindy Idom said her students were benefiting from the Reading First program being implemented at her school.

Idom said nearly 80 percent of her students are classified as low risk in terms of students with reading difficulties.

Idom said she was very pleased with her student’s progress.

In other news, Superintendent Anthony Morris is preparing a document to be sent to George Ross’ transition team at Alcorn State University. Ross recently became Alcorn’s newest president.

Morris said the document was requested so that Ross could gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between the district and the university.

Morris said the school district has traditionally had a good working relationship with the university.

Morris said the university’s School of Education has provided student teachers to the district in the past.