Big Spring looks to improve elementary schools

Big Spring looks to improve elementary schools

BIG SPRING, TX (KWES) - At Thursday night's school district meeting in Big Spring, officials discussed a new initiative to help their four elementary schools. The district will be held accountable as they look to improve over the next four years.

Chris Wigington, Big Spring Independent School District Superintendent said, "We've been working on our turnaround plans for the past year. We presented them to the Texas Education Agency. They're very happy and pleased with the work that we're doing."

Some of the ideas for the schools included teacher support systems and instruction plans for students at Goliad Elementary. Washington Elementary would see student progress monitoring along with extended time for teacher planning. Kentwood Elementary plans on establishing a mentoring program and Marcy Elementary will look at data as they try to improve.

Tom Giles, Principal at Marcy Elementary said, "We needed a real data tracking system where we can individualize what the students needed and be able to address them on an individual basis."

School officials believe these plans are a step in the right direction.

"Like any system it continually improves," said Giles.

"I want to be the best in the state, that's our goal that's what we're shooting for every year. I know we're not there, we've got some things we need to work on but we're shooting to be the best," said Wigington.

The final plans will be approved by the school board and the Texas Commissioner of Education with the hopes of going into effect at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

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