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NEWS RELEASES 2001-02 :: SEPTEMBER 18, 2001


Lillian Black Elementary (Cumberland County Schools) and Pactolus Elementary (Pitt County Schools) were recently named "2001 Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD) Promising Sites in North Carolina" by the US Department of Education. Overall, 39 schools received this honor.

The two, North Carolina elementary schools are among 56 current CSRD schools in the state. Nominated by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the schools passed a rigorous approval process to win the honor of "Promising Sites." This process involved measuring each school's progress in the areas of student achievement, instructional effectiveness, and program sustainability. Schools named "Promising Sites" serve as examples to schools just beginning whole-school reform or encountering challenges.

"We are so proud of Lillian Black and Pactolus for what they've been able to accomplish. So many schools have been experiencing positive change as a result of this grant program. I know that other schools will benefit from their lessons learned," said Elsie Leak, director of DPI's School Improvement Division.

Both schools used their grant money to initiate comprehensive reading programs. Lillian Black Elementary implemented the Success for All reading program while Pactolus Elementary implemented a Literacy Collaborative. The grant money pays for program costs, technical assistance and related professional development activities.

The CSRD program, begun in 1999 in North Carolina (1998 nationally), is a competitive grants program whereby schools are provided grant funds between $50,000 and $100,000 over a three-year period to implement whole-school reform strategies that will lead to overall school improvement. Lillian Black Elementary and Pactolus Elementary are in their third year of implementing comprehensive whole-school reform initiatives.

For more information, please contact Jerry Jailall, CSR Coordinator, DPI, 919.807.3965.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.