It was a celebration at many schools across Hillsborough County as the 2016-2017 school grades were released by the state. At Dunbar Elementary Magnet, Superintendent Jeff Eakins, along with School Board Chair Cindy Stuart, Vice Chair Sally Harris and other district leaders brought flowers and balloons for Principal Frankye Bulmer, Miles Elementary Principal Greg Cannella and Shaw Elementary Principal Rachel Walters.
The principals were there to speak to the media about the tremendous gains their students achieved as their school grades improved from an “F” to a “C”.
“I’ll be able to sleep tonight for the first time in a while,” joked Principal Frankye Bulmer. “We have worked so hard as a team here at Dunbar. The teachers held conferences and we all had the tough conversations regarding student achievement. We all held each other accountable and now look at the results.”
The results of the grades demonstrate that Hillsborough County Public Schools administrators, teachers and support staff are dedicated to student success and advocate for every child.
Students in Hillsborough County Public Schools continue to make tremendous gains. The results include 51 traditional schools graded an “A” in 2017, up by 10 from 2016. Fifteen traditional schools improved their grade from a “D” to a “C”. There are again fewer “F” schools, dropping to 3 from 7 in 2016. This means just 1% of the district’s schools have a grade at the lowest level.
Seven of the district’s turnaround schools, as defined by the state, have improved and are now in a monitoring status. Just Elementary went from a “D” to a “B”, while Jennings and Van Buren Middle, and Gibsonton, Lockhart Magnet and Reddick Elementary Schools all went from a “D” to a “C”.
Superintendent Jeff Eakins knows there is still more work to be done and is committed to supporting the efforts of our school staff as we all work to prepare students for life.
“We are committed to student success. The school grades show we are doing something significant in the way students are learning and how they are achieving. We have people in our schools who are creating the right culture in our schools, advocating for students and building relationships,” said Superintendent Jeff Eakins.