JENNINGS, FLA. -- North Hamilton Elementary School recently was awarded $42,705 for improving its school grade from a "D" in 2001 to a "C" in 2002, NHE principal Jeff Burnam said. Each school is provided with $100 per full-time equivalent student.

School grades are based on student performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, which tests how well students meet state-mandated criteria in math, reading and writing. The test is administered to students in grades three through 10.

The money was awarded by the Florida Department of Education's 2002 Florida School Recognition Program. Schools which attain an "A" or improve at least one letter grade from the previous school year. NHE, which received 344 points, was only 36 away from a "B." Schools are awarded points for the number of students who achieve scores of Level three or above, and for low-performance students who show progress in reading and math.

Burnam said the majority of the money will go toward teacher and staff bonuses.

"I attribute our success to my faculty and staff working together and supporting each other," Burnam said.

"I'm very proud of what we have accomplished and we are already working extremely hard preparing for the FCAT test next March," Burnam said.



To contact reporter Marie Arrington, please call 244-3400, ext. 254.



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