Dr. Kimbrell said he was very pleased with the ESEA flexibility the state recently received from the US Department of Education. He praised ADE Chief of Staff Phyllis Stewart for her leadership role and a “tireless effort” to “get it just perfect.” He said the flexibility gives the schools a chance to have a plan that’s achievable and ambitious and fair. He said he will meet with officials from Priority Schools and walk through their PIPs (Priority Improvement Plans).
Board member Vicki Saviers asked if superintendents had heard from parents about being Priority schools. Kimbrell said some superintendents have expressed concerns about being labeled. He said his response has been that they should view it as a positive to improve their schools.