Five Schools Will Become FWISD Leadership Academies
Five struggling Fort Worth ISD schools will be reconstituted as “leadership academies” under a new plan unveiled by Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and supported by a $1-million-dollar gift from the Richard Rainwater Charitable Foundation, a longtime champion of public education.
“We have for the past year reallocated personnel and resources to the Fort Worth ISD campuses that need them most, and this is the next step in changing both the culture and the destiny of our most challenging campuses,” said Dr. Scribner. “This is a first step in putting the District’s new Board-approved equity policy into action.”
The schools – Mitchell Blvd. Elementary School, John T. White Elementary School, Como Elementary School, Logan Elementary School, and Forest Oak Middle School --- will hire new teachers and administrators from a pool of educators who have been identified as the most highly-qualified in the District. The new employees will receive a significant financial incentive for their three-year commitment to improve the academic outcomes at these campuses.
Each campus will be known under a new name; for instance, the Fort Worth ISD Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard. The schools will operate on an extended-day schedule, remaining open until 6 p.m. and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The donation from the Rainwater Foundation will pay for after-school activities and tutoring. Additional donations will pay for student uniforms.
The new Fort Worth ISD Academies will embrace a strong culture of high expectations and both teachers and students will receive a multitude of resources to make that happen. Parents at each of the five campuses will be invited to meet with Dr. Scribner in group sessions next month where the District will not only explain the new plan and listen to their ideas.