Posted 10:25 PM 5/23/2012 : "Turned around" schools graduate first class of seniors
TUCSON - Seniors have graduated from Rincon and Palo Verde High Schools for the first time since the schools were "turned around."
The schools were doing very poorly, so the district decided to take drastic measures.
In order to get more funds from the state, they followed a strict "turnaround" model. They were required to get rid of most of the schools' employees.
"I was furious," Rincon graduate Randilyn Jager said, "I did not like the idea at all."
But the schools have done much better this year, according to Rincon Principal Catherine Comstock.
"They've been a tremendous group of students," Comstock said, "They've embraced the new teachers and the turnaround."
Test scores are up and suspensions are down, according to Comstock.
Even students who were upset turned their attitudes around.
"I definitely think it worked out as a whole," Jager said, "because the school has benefited and it's become a lot better."
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