Mon., May 23, 2011 4:57pm (EDT)

Savannah Principal Outlines Turnaround
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 3 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Savannah teachers are getting a lesson in the federal government's school turnaround policies.  Several schools have been reorganized.  (photo Orlando Montoya)
Savannah teachers are getting a lesson in the federal government's school turnaround policies. Several schools have been reorganized. (photo Orlando Montoya)
A Savannah school principal is telling parents how administrators plan to turnaround one of Georgia's worst public schools.

State officials had threatened to shut down Groves High School unless the local district made big changes.

Groves will re-open in the fall with half its teachers gone.

The school was on No Child Left Behind's Needs Improvement list for five years.

It's one of three underperforming Savannah area schools where half the teachers have been reassigned.

Monday a new principal was scheduled to tell parents about more changes.

Schools spokesman Kurt Hedeger says those include new classroom standards and weekly assessments.

"That's basically reviewing standards that were not mastered to do all that we can to ensure that the school will be successful," Heteger says.

Hedeger says, the turn around plan also includes more technology in the classroom and a school outreach coordinator to involve parents more.

The district has applied for a $4 million state grant to implement the changes.