Gadsden County High School turnaround plan approved by state

Gadsden Co. "turnaround plans" presented before board of education
Gadsden Co. "turnaround plans" presented before board of education
Posted at 5:23 PM, Jul 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-17 14:33:19-04

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Two local school districts presented "turnaround plans" to the state Board of Education this afternoon: Gadsden and Hamilton counties.

WTXL is taking a closer look at Gadsden County as the district works to improve the new high school's grades.

The superintendent wants to manage the turnaround through the district, with the help of an outside partner.

The turnaround plan is part of the state's new guidelines for chronically underperforming schools.

For Gadsden County, that plan includes adding an extra 50 minute period to the school day and hiring a new principal, one that has a proven record of improving school grades.

That woman is Juliette Fisher-Jackson, and she's no stranger to the district. She helped West Gadsden go from an "F" school to a "C" and she's ready for this challenge.

"Having everybody in place and we're starting off a great year," said Fisher-Jackson. "I think we have four vacancies now, and that is good, to know that we're not just out looking for teachers and for staff. So, we're just excited about working this plan, and we're waiting for the best to come."

The superintendent presented his plan around 4 p.m. And according principal of the new Gadsden County High School, the state board has accepted that plan.

The goal is to make sure the high school earns a "C" or better next year, or there could be more issues for the district.