New Superintendent Johnson To Set Up Opportunity Zone For Low Performing Schools

Friday, August 18, 2017

New County School Supt. Dr. Bryan Johnson said he plans to set up an Opportunity Zone for low performing schools.

He said in a memo:

In our ongoing efforts to improve student achievement I would like to establish an Opportunity Zone that would specifically focus on our Priority schools and schools on the cusp. The initial schools that would receive support through this structure are:


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Brainerd High

Howard High

Dalewood Middle

East Lake Middle

Hardy Elementary

Orchard Knob Elementary

Woodmore Elementary

Donaldson Elementary

Barger Elementary

Clifton Hills Elementary


East Lake Elementary


Orchard Knob Middle


To support these schools, I am requesting the addition of the positions below:

Community Schools Coaches (2), Elementary Director (1), Secondary Director (1), Curriculum Coordinators (2), Curriculum Coaches (2), Human Capital Coordinator (1)


These positions will intensely focus on academic improvement and support services for our schools in Priority status or on the cusp. These positions will all be paid out of federal funds, with no impact to the General Purpose budget.


As we implement this structure we will continue dialogue with the state around ways we might further support the five schools in Priority status. In addition, we will continue to examine our data to determine if this level of support is appropriate for any additional schools. Please do not hesitate to ask should you have questions regarding this request. Thank you in advance for your consideration.   

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