Parents Meet New Oak Hill Elementary School Principal

11:05 PM, Jul 19, 2010   |    comments
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High Point, NC -- Oak Hill Elementary School parents had the chance Monday to meet the woman hired to get the school off the list of persistently low-achieving schools.

Oak Hill's new principal, Patrice Faison, met with parents at a reception at the school Monday evening.

"There will not be a better education than Oak Hill," Faison told parents. "Just think about it. We've got $2.8 million, we've got the best teachers, we've picked the teachers that are phenomenal."

Oak Hill, which has been ranked a consistently low-achieving school, received $2.8 million in grant money to help turn things around.

"The grant is allowing for a lot of things that we think are really going to help us just climb the ladder," said Faison. She said the money will help with teacher training, new technology, and getting other resources.

Faison said only about eight teachers are returning to the school and the rest are new to Oak Hill.

"It's just a dream to actually come and have a staff that wants to be here, that wants to do what it's going to take to make the students successful," said Faison.

Parent Rebecca Roseberry said she thinks the school is going to improve with Faison at the helm. "My kids struggle and I think they'll do better this year, I think they'll do better with the new principal," she said.

But Monday's event didn't come without some resistance from parents. A group of parents who opt to not send their kids to Oak Hill attended to hear what Faison had to say and voiced their concerns about if they were to switch their kids into Oak Hill.

 "I'm scared they're already ahead, the teacher is going to have to slow down to speak to these children," said parent Linda Barney.

Faison and Western Region Superintendent Angelo Kidd met with the concerned parents after holding the regularly scheduled meeting to address their concerns and answer questions.

Kidd said families still have the option to opt out of Oak Hill if they so choose.

Faison has high hopes for Oak Hill and asked parents to give it a chance.

"This is where you want your child to be," she said.

Faison comes to Oak Hill after serving as principal at the Academy At Smith High School.

WFMY News 2

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