CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Administrators and principals from Project LIFT and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools celebrated their positive momentum Wednesday while stating there is still a lot of work to do.
The highlight of the four-year public-private partnership, CMS says, is the graduation rate at West Charlotte High School now at 86%. That’s a 30-point improvement from four years ago.
"It helps give us a platform to get the real word out in the community that West Charlotte is a great school,” said Principal Dr. Timisha Barnes-Jones. “We do great things with students.”
Allenbrook Elementary Principal Katharine Bonasera believes every positive step starts with parental involvement.
"I have to get to what do I really need from the parent, and what do they need from me? So opening the lines of communication, the dialog is the first step," Bonasera said. "I feel there is so much we can do and feel so hopeful about the work. I feel we are heading on the right path."
Project LIFT stands for Project Leadership & Investment For Transformation. There are nine Project LIFT schools. A $55-million investment has been made so far.
View CMS’s full power-point presentation below.
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