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Schools rewarded for RTI2-B efforts
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Pictured are Bobby Ray Elementary faculty, from left, Haley Wood, Regina Woodlee, principal Monti Hillis, Rebecca Carter, and Phyllis Boren holding their banner showing their silver-status through RTI2-B. Hillis said they’ll hang the banner in the gymnasium. - photo by Taylor Moore

Six Warren County schools were recognized for their work in RTI2-B, which stands for Response to Instruction and Intervention-Behavior. 

“This has been a focus of the district over the last five years,” said Director of Schools Grant Swallows. 

Bobby Ray, Dibrell, Eastside, Hickory Creek, Morrison, and West Elementary were recognized as silver-status schools, and they are Model of Demonstration schools now. Four of them achieved this last year and this year. Bobby Ray and Dibrell are first-time achievers.

“If somebody else in the state wants to know how to do it,” Swallows said, “they need to watch these schools.” 

They were recognized at the Partners in Education (PIE) Conference in January, but it was virtual this year. Since they couldn’t be presented with their banners in-person, they were recognized at the February School Board meeting.

Dibrell Elementary principal Sheila Gann said, “It’s something we can work for every year. We hope to go beyond this status in the future.” 

Gann said that they receive information through surveys to see how the school can improve, even past silver-status.

She credited her RTI2-B team leaders for collecting the data and sending it to the state to hopefully be recognized. “There are goals we set for the next year, and we focus on the referral areas,” Gann said. 

She said there’s always room for improvement and they continue to strive for that.

When asked if the recognition was expected, Bobby Ray principal Monti Hillis said, “We knew we had done a lot of work to get that.” 

RTI2-B looks at discipline numbers and judges schools based on those. 

“It puts a positive spin on discipline,” she said. 

A Warren County school has never achieved gold status, but like Dibrell, Bobby Ray is striving to continue improving. Bobby Ray did achieve bronze status last year, and has already improved to silver. Hillis said, “It was a nice surprise, but not completely unexpected.”

Hillis credited Dr. Candice Willmore for working with the schools to achieve silver status and praised her for the work she’s done so far. 

Since more than one school can achieve gold status, the principals would love to see each school achieve it.