Summary of Restructure Efforts for the 2009–10 School Year
Schools identified as Restructure must submit this form no later than August 16, 2009.
Name of School: _Colleton Middle____________________
Superintendent’s Signature: _________________________ Date: ___________
Check the appropriate box(es) to identify which alternate governance action(s)
defined in Section 1116 of NCLB are being implemented at the school designated as
in the Restructuring Phase of School Improvement. A copy of relevant
documentation should be attached to this form for submission.
Re-open the school as a public charter school;
Replace all or most of the school staff, which may include the principal,
who are relevant to the school’s inability to make adequate yearly
Enter into a contract with an entity, such as a private management
company, with a documented record of effectiveness, to operate the
school as a public school;
Turn the operation of the school over to the state department of
education if this action is permitted under state law and the State
Implement any other major restructuring of the school’s governance
that is consistent with the principles of restructuring. Please provide a
description for this option (use additional pages as needed).
The Colleton County District Oversight Committee (DOC), comprised of district level staff
and school board members, continues to work with the school in providing technical
assistance and support commensurate with the school’s academic gaps and subgroups
(white students, black students, free and reduced- priced lunch students and disabled
students). At this critical level of school improvement, the DOC, along with the school
leadership team, intensifies its goal to function as the governing board of the school to
make decisions directly supporting effective school’s research and best practices. The
school leadership team continues to analyze test data in order to make informed decisions
about instruction, and to specify focused areas for improvement. Pass rate targets will
again be established for 2008-2009 comprehensive exams in identified focus areas. Teachers
will then target essential standards “Smart Goals” to teach for 80% mastery on these
exams. Students not meeting this level of mastery will be targeted for re-teaching and
retesting until mastery is attained. Standards in review, a process which requires teachers
to identify low mastery trends and to revisit these concepts during classroom instruction,
bell ringers and review assignments, will accommodate students for further instruction.
The most significant concept to pervade every school decision and action is that we use our
data to drive instruction, we teach for mastery and that we settle for nothing less than the
best from our students. The school principal, staff, and parents will work under the
auspices of the DOC on all matters pertaining to academic achievement goals and overall
success. The DOC meets with the school leadership team regularly to analyze “Smart
Goal” data on core focused areas and to analyze teacher observation data for the
improvement of classroom instruction and delivery. The school leadership will consists of
two coaches (math/science and literacy), the principal and the assistant principal, district
office personnel, guidance counselors, media center specialist, and lead teachers. DOC
members will include: superintendent, assistant superintendent, associate superintendent,
elementary school coordinator, and two school board members. Diligent and intensive
monitoring of these focused areas by both the DOC and the leadership team will be
Colleton Middle School’s ultimate priority for the 2008-2009 school year.
Note: Major restructuring of a school’s governance may include replacing the
principal, so long as this change is part of a broader reform effort.
Return this form to the Office of Federal and State Accountability by mail, fax, or e-
mail no later than August 16, 2009.
Steve Abbott, State Title I Director
Office of Federal Programs
South Carolina Department of Education
1429 Senate Street, Room 502-A
Columbia, SC 29201
Office Phone Number 803-734-0025
Office Fax Number 734-3290