Recently, seven Hillsborough County Public Schools were identified to launch the priority movement in the district. The priority movement is comprised of schools with high needs that will take a strategic approach to addressing issues under the direction of Area Superintendent for Priority Schools Mr. Owen Young. These seven schools, known as Elevate Schools, include: B.T. Washington, Edison, Miles, and Potter elementary schools; Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School; and McLane and Sligh middle schools.
In collaboration with the Elevate leadership team, administrators and staff at the seven Elevate Schools will work to identify the barriers that keep their students from being successful and ways to break through these barriers. Elevate Schools will create a collaborative community among schools, students, parents and the community at large. Currently, staff at each school is identifying barriers and problem solving solutions to reach their students. In an effort to support this collaborative effort, each district division is in the process of identifying their systems of support for each school.
This is an exciting opportunity for these seven schools. Administrators and their staff will also have the opportunity to introduce out of the box strategies to teaching. “Children will benefit from new teaching strategies, technology, and supports to help them continue on the path to success,” shared Superintendent Eakins. Parents will see their child’s school become a community of learners who pride themselves in elevating their education through commitment, focus and collaboration.