Laurel Hill principal: D letter grade shines light on growth areas

Published: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 04:21 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Laurel Hill School's state-given D letter grade for the 2012-13 academic year came as no shock, Okaloosa Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson said.

"We were expecting a rough year at Laurel Hill, with all of the staff changes that took place over the past year," she said.

One significant change was installing a new principal, Lee Martello, who previously was Shoal River Middle School's assistant principal.

Though the Florida Department of Education's preliminary rankings suggest Laurel Hill is the county's lowest rated school, Martello said there is only room for improvement.

"I think this is a positive; this gives us the opportunity to see where we need to focus," she said.

The formulated grading system is based on points each school accumulates in reading, math, science and writing. One area that needs particular focus is the latter, Jackson said.

"We are concerned about the writing scores; we are not happy about that at all," she said.  

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