Superintendent: new Laurel Hill principal can bring improvements

Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 at 03:10 PM.

“Sometimes, I think, it’s good for principals to change schools or do different things because you kind of get in a rut. It’s good for the faculty and the students to have a new face and a new challenge and some new ideas,” Jackson said.

In December, the Florida Department of Education gave Laurel Hill School a C using the state accountability system.

Academic performance raised concerns, the superintendent said.

“I’m not real happy with their current test scores,” she said.

Martello’s advancement represents support for her past efforts, including developing a program that boosted student enthusiasm for literature; separating boys and girls in gender-specific classes to aid concentration; and establishing Shoal River’s Mustang Learning Community.

Meanwhile, Lowery-Sexton fills a long vacant position, Jackson said.

“School psychologists are a little tough to find ... she’s very good at that job,” Jackson said.

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