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District Adds Two Schools to Acceleration Zone

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From the Washoe County School District:

In its continuing commitment to ensuring that all students find academic success, the Washoe County School District has identified two more schools that will receive targeted support and leadership as part of the Acceleration Zone which was created last spring. As part of an ongoing effort to use data to identify specific needs and challenges, and to provide targeted resources designed to meet those challenges, the District will add Lincoln Park Elementary School and Elmcrest Elementary School to the Acceleration Zone.

The Washoe County School District Performance Framework (WCSD-PF) was first discussed by Superintendent Pedro Martinez during his State of Education address in January, 2013. During that presentation to the community, Martinez promised that the data provided by the framework would be used to help identify which schools need specific support systems in place in order to achieve their academic goals. Data provided by the WCSD-PF has provided a clear vision of what each school needs to meet its challenges and to help students succeed in their studies. District leadership is working with staff members at these schools to decide how best to meet those challenges and provide for those needs.

"This is a crucial part of the commitment we made to the community when we announced the performance framework," said Superintendent Martinez. "Our District works hard to identify specific needs in all of our schools and to meet those needs. With the addition of Lincoln Park Elementary School and Elmcrest Elementary School, there are now 13 schools included in the Acceleration Zone. We are providing the support, resources, and talent they need to meet the challenges they face."

In order to provide the best matches of strengths and talents with needs at particular schools, the two principals currently serving at Lincoln Park and Elmcrest elementary schools will assume new leadership roles elsewhere in the District.

"I'm excited to announce that Jason Childs has been appointed the new principal at Lincoln Park Elementary School beginning in August, 2014," Martinez said. "He brings more than 15 years of experience to his new role, most recently as principal at Palmer Elementary School. Jason has always worked closely with our families to successfully implement reform initiatives.

"At Elmcrest Elementary School, Ann Marie Dickson will serve as principal beginning with the school year," Martinez said. "She has more than 13 years of experience as an elementary school teacher and principal, and she is a very positive and accessible leader for the schools where she has served."

Elmcrest and Lincoln Park families have already been notified of the staff changes, and "meet and greet" events have been scheduled so they may get acquainted with their new principals.

The following is a list of the 11 schools that were initially named to the Acceleration Zone in April, 2013, and the principals who currently serve them:
* Anderson Elementary School—Joe Ernst
* Booth Elementary School—Sara Cunningham
* Corbett Elementary School—Denise Dufrene
* Duncan Elementary School—Susan Kehoe
* Loder Elementary School—Dina Ciaremella
* Mathews Elementary School—Heidi Gavrilles
* Stead Elementary School—Yuen Fong
* Sun Valley Elementary School—Prim Walters
* Veterans Memorial (STEM)—Jenni Anderson
* Warner Elementary School—Don Angotti
* Sparks High School—Kevin Carroll

Debra Biersdorff is the area superintendent for schools in the Acceleration Zone. As part of her duties, she ensures smooth transitions of leadership at these schools.

For more information about the performance framework data, visit http://washoecountyschools.org/district/departments/accountability/wcsd-framework

From the Washoe County School District

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