reading coach Johnnie Renick said.Carters book, No Excuses, is a 121-page diagnosis of 21 high performing, high-poverty schools in 13 states, including Alabamas neighbors, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia.Curriculum West Coast Valuers Coordinator Dee Dee Jones said the schedule-change idea came from several schools highlighted in Carters book.The thing they seemed to have in common was they believed every child could succeed, Jones said.They had individual prescriptions for the students, and they would push them to meet expectations.Decatur educators learned about the book at a meeting with the Alabama Department of Education in August.
Carter was in Decatur last week at the invitation of Cedar Ridge Middle School Principal Beth Lacy who asked him to participate in a professional development workshop.Carter discussed and answered questions about his book with the staffs of the citys three middle schools.With 74 percent of his students qualifying for the federal governments free or reduced lunch program — a measure of poverty at a school — Brookhaven Principal Larry Collier said the staff wanted to see if it could learn from successful schools in Carters book.
I was very excited when the staff said they wanted to make the change, Collier said.They identified the problems (with math and reading), and they came up with a great idea to solve the problems.The Brookhaven staff knows it is taking a risk in concentrating more on two subjects.Since devising a school improvement plan last summer to improve test scores, Hales data showed that math and reading are a bigger issue than the staff realized.
Collier said the educators are not changing the improvement plan that requires approved lesson plans and additional remediation for struggling students, but adding to it.Weve got to make sure the students are getting their basics, Collier said.We test weak in math and reading, and those subjects carry over into the other subjects.
We will install a four-barrel 10-feet-by-6-feet boxed culvert.There are drainage concerns in that area, but rebuilding this road wont fix problems, but it certainly will not cause any, said Bodley.The project will cost $116,000, according to Bodley.I dont know exactly when the work will start, but it will be soon, he melbourne property valuations said.Last week, a company finished paving in a bridge project at Indian Hills Road near Hartselle.They finished that as expected, but they still have to put up the rails, and do seeding and mulching in off-road areas, Bodley said.
Its unclear how many jobs will be created by the eight newly announced suppliers.But once open, the 23 tier-one suppliers will employ more than 4,000 people from Athens to Enterprise, or twice the number of workers at the Hyundai plant slated to open in 2005.Delphi Steering Systems in Limestone County is among the suppliers and has a contract that calls for 600,000 halfshafts annually by 2007.
The impact Hyundai and its suppliers have had on the central part of the state — and, really, the entire state — is just unbelievable and apparently they are not finished yet, Neal Wade, executive director of the Alabama Development Office, said Sunday.State officials expect the suppliers of parts for Hyundais next-generation Sonata sedan and next-generation Santa Fe sport utility vehicle to invest a combined $475 million in Alabama.Hyundai received $252.8 million in tax breaks, worker training, road improvements and other incentives from the state and local governments.
Wade said the jobs that will be created justify the incentives.Weve seen that with all the auto plants that have located in the state, Wade said.There is no question the state and these local communities get back much more than they give with these kinds of projects.A study prepared after Hyundai announced plans for the plant in 2002 projected $280 million in annual economic impact and at least 8,000 new jobs both inside and outside the auto industry.Hyundai officials say the plant is 75 percent complete and should be finished by June.