If the resources being poured into low-performing schools now were available years ago, Patricia Gray said she would have turned Balboa High School around a long time ago.
The now-assistant superintendent is one of a team of administrators in the “superintendent zones” aimed at helping bring up test scores, school participation and attendance at persistently poor performing schools.
“I’ve been in education 46 years and this is first time I’ve seen this kind of thing,” she said. “I just hope we can continue to get the support, money and resources to keep doing this.”
According to district officials, the zones are a focused resource that will provide extra teacher development, student support and improved curriculum.
Nine of the 10 schools pinpointed as the district’s lowest-performing were in the Mission and Bayview. Gray is focused on eight schools in the Bayview, including Bret Harte Elementary, Thurgood Marshall High, Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary, Charles Drew Preparatory and Willie Brown Jr. Elementary, among others.
The San Francisco Unified School District was awarded $45 million from the federal Race to the Top School Improvement Grants.