The Clark County School District (CCSD) on Monday announced three more schools will be designated as turnaround schools beginning in the 2014-15 school year.
Those schools are J.E. Manch Elementary School, Mountain View Elementary and Dr. William H. "Bob" Bailey Middle School.
This brings the number of schools in the program to 14 since it was introduced in 2009.
The three schools have been identified as underperforming, each having at least three years of low academic achievement.
"Schools that have the intervention of the Turnaround Zone are no longer the lowest performing schools in the Clark County School District," said program supervisor Jeff Geihs.
The district said that typically turnaround schools receive new principals, who in turn will select new staff members. New principals may select up to 10 new staff members for elementary schools and 15 for middle schools. Existing staff will be placed at other schools, the school district said.
CCSD said Manch Elementary School's principal will stay on.
In addition, the designated schools will receive additional resources and support, including an extended schools day and specialized literacy program support.
"We constantly assess the kids, so we know where individual students are, collective groups of students are, so we can regroup frequently and go back and retest the youngsters to what they need to be retaught," Geihs said.
The school district said that in the past, turnaround schools have seen significant graduation rate increases at the high school level, fewer disciplinary infractions and greater student attendance.
Schools are placed in the program for a minimum of three years.
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