Dec 18, 2012

BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, State Superintendent of Education John White visited St. Tammany Parish to present a check for nearly $230,000 to St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Superintendent W.L. "Trey" Folse, III, to recognize 27 schools in the district for their dedication to increasing student achievement and earning the Top Gains School designation for the 2011-2012 school year.

"We applaud these schools for their dedication to increasing student achievement," said State Superintendent of Education John White. "It's a privilege to be able to celebrate that achievement by rewarding them with additional funding to sustain this momentum."

"We are extremely proud of our schools that met or exceeded their growth target. This is a great accomplishment and a clear indicator that our schools are continuing to meet the needs of every child, every day," said St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Superintendent W.L. "Trey" Folse, III. "We know that these gains are a community effort and include efforts by our students, teachers, faculty and staff members, School Board members, parents, and PTA organizations. The monetary reward that these schools receive will be used to further assist students to improve achievement."

For the 2011-2012 school year, 440 schools in the state earned the Top Gains School designation. Top Gains Schools improved their School Performance Score by or beyond a pre-determined growth target, from 2 to 10 points. Each school will receive $8,453 to be used for educational purposes.

"As a Junior High school we have continued to make gains in the past several years. I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of my faculty and staff who have helped our students achieve this top gains designation," said Sharon Garrett, Folsom Jr. High School Principal

"At Mandeville High School our teachers focus on preparing our students for the future," said Bruce Bundy, Mandeville High School Principal. "This top gains designation is another indicator that we are succeeding in getting our graduates ready for college and the workforce"

For a complete listing of 2011-2012 Top Gains Schools, please click here.

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