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A New Beginning For Struggling Schools

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) The one million dollar Believe and Succeed Grant means new programs for the struggling schools of Rapides Parish.

"We have several schools in the district that are what we would call struggling schools. Historically at Northwood we have been a D or D minus school. And we are all working very hard to to improve the students learning at our school," said Dana Nolan.

There are currently 16 below average schools in the Rapides Parish School System.

For the next two days, leaders from those 16 schools will be participating in turnaround team training.

School leaders acknowledge this training is needed to improve the quality of education in the classroom.

"You can not explain, can not put into words or articulate how much a program like this is going to help us. It is just like a struggling student in the class when you address that struggling students needs you can see growth," said Dana Nolan. 

"My school is one of the schools that in is decline in the states assessments. I look forward to implementing some new things to help our school improve," said Janet Burgess.

School leaders say they are optimistic about using the new techniques for the upcoming school year. 

"We are truly going to make major efforts into keeping our school on the same page, our teachers on the same page so that we can see major improvements in our students," said Janet Burgess.

"I am thrilled with our new staff that we have at Northwood. This year our focus can now be on what really matters, what is going on in the class room," said Dana Nolan.

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