HARTFORD — The State Board of Education on Wednesday approved two Commissioner’s Network plan revisions for the embattled Dunbar School in Bridgeport and Walsh Elementary School in Waterbury.
Moving forward, Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor stressed the difficulty of school turnaround work, saying it requires “a continuous commitment from teachers, students, parents, administrators and the surrounding community.”
He added that Walsh and Dunbar have “demonstrated the grit and determination to build systems designed to last and have successfully navigated unexpected challenges.”
Dunbar has made attempts to improve its profile by revising its plan to include extending the school day and the addition of a new pre-Kindergarten program, state officials said.
And to help shepherd its way to success, Dunbar officials selected Cooperative Educational Services (CES) to hire and manage academic assistants for the school and to provide high-quality professional development and coaching for Dunbar teachers, among other responsibilities.
Waterbury’s Walsh School has identified a partner to help with implementation and to ready the school for “transformative changes,” state officials said. The district also selected a new principal to lead the school’s turnaround. Innovative Educational Programs (IEP), chosen at the local level through a competitive process, will assist in the implementation of the improvements.