Hammond school leaders want to turn around Maywood Elementary

2013-07-08T19:45:00Z 2013-07-09T12:56:12Z Hammond school leaders want to turn around Maywood ElementaryCarmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | The School City of Hammond wants to implement the turnaround model of school reform at Maywood Elementary School.

That model was implemented at Hammond High School in the 2010-11 school year after the high school was on probation for five consecutive years and under threat of state takeover. 

Hammond High School was awarded a School Improvement Grant of $5.9 million, which was used over a three-year period, turning the school around and successfully removing it from probation.

Theresa Mayerik, chief administrator for academic services for Hammond schools, said the district has applied for grants for Maywood, along with Irving Elementary School.

If approved, the turnaround model would be used at Maywood, meaning the principal and up to 50 percent of the staff could be reassigned. Irving is looking at the transformation model, which could allow the principal and staff to remain in place.

"We did surveys among the school staff at both schools. We received the support of the teachers union to apply for the grants. They were submitted to the state June 10. We are waiting to hear now," Mayerik said.

In addition, school officials have applied for an innovation grant to be used at Columbia Elementary School. Mayerik said several schools applied for those grants last summer but didn't win them.

"We are trying to get additional support for our kids in Hammond," she said.

Mayerik said there have been some administrative changes in the district. Former Morton High School Principal Doug Friend has been reassigned as assistant principal at Scott Middle School. Former Hammond High Assistant Principal Juan Anaya, who is also a former superintendent for the School City of East Chicago, retired. Tom Patton retired as the district's elementary director.

Leslie Yanders, who was appointed principal at Hammond High School in 2010 to get the school off probation, will remain in that role.

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