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Sense Of Urgency Grips Mitchell School Board And Parents

Last updated on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

(MITCHELL) - Mitchell School Board members heard from several parents last night at the school board meeting.

Parents voiced concerns that their children are not getting the help needed to be successful in their studies.

All of the parents agreed that their children did well at the elementary school level, but once they enter middle school, things began to fell apart. Parents say they don't understand how a child who was getting A's in elementary school could attend middle school and start flunking their courses.

School board members were glad the parents came forward and are trying to help students be successful. During the meeting, principals from Burris, Hatfield, the Junior High and High School addressed the board with steps they are doing to improve student's success.

All agreed, that there is a sense of urgency and teachers and staff are doing everything to see that every student is successful by giving students more individual help and seeing that students and parents have the resources available for their children to learn.

School Board members asked the schools to prepare a plan to improve learning at the facilities after the Department of Education issued letter grades to the schools. Principals, teachers and the school board are making efforts to do that now.

Mitchell school system received a D overall. Mitchell High School received an F and the other three schools: Mitchell Junior High, Burris and Hatfield Elementary Schools received a D. None of the schools made adequate yearly progress in the federal accountability system.

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