Principal Swaps Security Guards for Art Teachers
But according to NBC News, a school in Roxbury, Mass., has seen positive effectsat least in terms of academics and school culturefrom cutting back on school security and reinvesting those funds in arts instruction.
Andrew Bott became the sixth principal in seven years at Orchard Gardens K-8 School in 2010. At that time, he says (in the NBC video), "the school definitely had a prison feel." He decided to replace all of the school's security guards with art teachers, including band, dance, and visual art. Since then, the school's physical space has changed as wellthe hallways are now lined with bright decorations and motivational posters. According to NBC:
The end result? Orchard Gardens has one of the fastest student improvement rates statewide. And the studentsonce described as loud and unruly, have found their focus.
While undoubtedly there were other factors contributing to the rise in test scoreswhich are still overall below averagePrincipal Bott tells NBC that Orchard Gardens is "definitely on the right path."
In light of all that's been going on in schools and in the Boston area, it's refreshing to see some good news like this. ...