Middle school gets new life as turnaround school

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County School District middle school now has more money and support to focus on improving student achievement.

School started four days ago, but Bailey Middle School officially reopened with a renewed energy as a turnaround school.

The turnaround model means Bailey Middle School gets $400,000 of federal money to pay for an extra class period of learning, new technology and four new instructional coaches.

"We actually have it set up that our coaches are teaching in a room with about 25 to 30 kids and our staff members have a period where they go in there to help work with kids in a small-group environment, but also see good teaching," Bailey Middle School Gregory Cole said.

It also includes a mentoring program for 100 of the brightest students, called Bailey Buddies.

"Going to be our student leaders that help out in classrooms, help out in campus, help stop bullying and those kinds of things," Cole said.

Principal Cole was recruited here last April from Mojave High School, where he helped turnaround graduation rates and student proficiency.

He also says 50 percent of the staff at the school is new, including 12 new teachers who replaced ineffective educators. It is welcoming news to the son of the school's namesake.

"It is a wonderful day for the school, wonderful day for the students. I couldn't be more pleased and honored and I know my dad would feel exactly the same way," John R. Bailey said.

Principal Cole said the first thing he noticed when he arrived last year, is the expectation of students was low. He is training the new and existing staff to expect students to come to class on time, with homework and to pass tests.


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