Pulaski County Special School District is excited to report that two of its elementary schools, Baker Elementary School and Robinson Elementary Schools, are receiving monetary awards from the State of Arkansas for their performance in 2013 on state testing. Baker Elementary School will receive $18,493 and Robinson Elementary will receive $7,568.
The schools performed in the top 20 percent of the state in overall test performance as well as student growth. Kim Truslow, principal of Robinson Elementary School, said her school has already worked on a plan for the funds that was written by a teacher representative, a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) representative and herself. “Our plan will allow classroom teachers to purchase materials and supplies to support high quality Common Core instruction and will outfit the media center with additional books to support reading achievement and the Accelerated Reader program,” Truslow said.
Through the same planning process, Baker’s principal, Jackie Smith, said her school’s plans include upgrading technology system, purchasing a K-8 Common Core Curriculum based on technology, adding wireless capabilities and hiring an academic interventionist to work with students and support teachers in the classroom.
“This is something we’re very excited about that will enhance the learning opportunities for students at Baker,” she said.
Arkansas Code Annotated 6-15-2107, amended by Act 1429 of 2013, allows for the funding that is appropriated by the Legislature for the rewards system after the ADE approves the schools’ plans.