From Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton:
“I’m very encouraged by the growth we’re seeing at Bryan Station High School under Mr. Henderson’s leadership. I agree with the review team’s assessment that the principal certainly has the leadership capacity to continue to move the school forward.
Last year, Bryan Station High School increased its overall score on the state’s Unbridled Learning accountability system by 5.2 points, which was tied with Lafayette High School for the best gains in our district. Their college and career readiness growth was strong, moving from 34 to 38 percent. This year, they’ve intensified that focus on college and career readiness and I expect to see them hit 54 percent.
The state diagnostic review is an excellent tool because it gives us a periodic snap shot that allows us an opportunity to redirect our efforts based on feedback from the state. This data was timely and instructive and we have already taken swift action to address the specific concerns raised.
Making substantive change in a large comprehensive high school is a monumental task. I don’t think the findings of the review team are unique to Bryan Station. Across our nation school districts are looking for ways to reinvent classroom learning to better prepare students for the rapidly changing workplace.
The faculty and staff at Bryan Station High School voted last year to join our Innovation Zone pilot in order to approach school turn-around efforts in a dramatically forward-thinking way and the review team was very complimentary of the work done by the ‘design team’ as a promising practice for future improvement.
The review team pointed to strong instruction in the smaller learning communities at Bryan Station, like the Academy of Information and Technology and Spanish Immersion Program. The establishment of StationARTS, a fine arts academy with advanced offerings in visual art, dance and music, will be another concentration of innovative teaching.
The review took place in February and our district team is further along in the development of many of the things the state noted as areas of concern, so we feel like we have already made many gains in addressing the deficiencies highlighted. We’re also making plans for additional supports we can provide next year as well.
I will be pulling my entire leadership team together to review the results of the state review team findings and see where we can plug in additional supports and resources for Mr. Henderson and his staff. We share the responsibility for helping all students succeed and we don’t want the Bryan Station High School staff to feel like they’re on their own.”