State-Run District Opens For Five Struggling Schools
(Memphis) The first day of school at Frayser Elementary was one filled with optimism.
For the first time, the Achievement School District is taking over struggling schools like Frayser Elementary in Memphis.
“I hope it’s a great turnaround,” said Shanteria Cotton, who’s three kids attend the school. “I hope it’s a lot different from last year, because last year, they needed some help.”
Frayser Elementary was one of the poorest performing schools in the state last year.
Frayser Elementary, Corning Elementary, Westside Middle and two charter schools are now part of the state-run district.
“Our mantra in the [Achievement School District] is great teaching and more of it,” said Principal James Dennis.
He says teachers and staff will create a new culture of learning by inviting parents and the community to take part, “It’s vital to talk to the parents to know what they want for their students so that we can work together to get them where they need to be.”
The district says students here have a lot of catching up to do, which is one reason why school days are now 8:00a to 4:30pm.
Longer hours also keep the kids off the streets.
The district says it brought in more qualified teachers, dedicated to helping students day or night.
Third grade teacher, Audrey Hudson came from Detroit, “Students can anticipate a lot of excitement, teachers that are very student centered, teachers that are very excited about having them inside this school, but more importantly I’m just excited about being a part of this Frayser community.”
Cotton is looking forward to a fresh start, “Some of the people last year had a bad attitudes. Now that everyone is new and it’s a fresh start to everything. I think it’ll be much better.”