Five Hammond principals to lose posts
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org/302-0949 January 24, 2014 5:46PM
Grades received by the 5 schools:
Edison F F
Harding D F
Hess F F
Irving F D
Hammond High D D
Updated: February 26, 2014 6:13AM
HAMMOND — The School City of Hammond notified five principals this week they will lose their jobs because of new accountability rules tied to Indiana’s 2012 No Child Left Behind waiver.
Hammond Superintendent Walter Watkins said Friday the principals could be reassigned “in positions for which they’ll be qualified. Basically, they won’t be in positions of instructional leadership,” he said.
Watkins said the principals of Hammond High and four elementary schools — Edison, Harding, Hess and Irving — all received notification this week. He said the School Board hasn’t taken action on the moves yet but would next month.
The removal of the principals was based on the turnaround model selected by the district, he said.
Under Indiana’s No Child Left Behind waiver, Title I schools that receive a D or F grade are relegated to federal school improvement status. Schools that receive D’s are classified as “focus” schools. Those with F’s are considered “priority” schools.
Schools with consecutive D’s or F’s are classified at the priority level.
State law calls for priority schools to issue a notice of the school’s lack of improvement and hold a public hearing to take testimony. The school may shift resources, change personnel or ask for an outside team to manage the school or develop a new plan.
The federal No Child Left Behind waiver calls for the replacement of a principal at priority schools or the submission of evidence the principal can lead a turnaround.