Monday, July 14, 2014

Treasure Island Elementary School Declines To A "D" School

The Florida Department of Education released the school grades for 2013 - 2014.  Treasure Island Elementary dropped from a "C" to a "D" school this year.  

The school has been on a steady decline now for the last four years.  In case you're thinking this doesn't affect you because you don't have kids in TIES, think again.  A "D" rating depresses property values significantly and is a sign of a community in decline.  The whole village suffers.  

Here's the history:

2000 - 2011 - "A" School
2012 - "B" School
2013 - "C" School 
2014- "D" School

Last year, North Bay Village provided an unprecedented $132,000 to fund an academic program at the Treasure Island Elementary School and along with a grant, unlike any other elementary school, NBV funded a health care program.   

There was much optimism over a new principal, Sherry L. Krubitch, who would lead the turnaround of Treasure  Island Elementary School, but from the start, she just made a lot of noise, alienated the community and the involved parents, spent our money and has refused to share her much heralded plans to at least maintain TIES.  

 Reviewing  the numbers and a full year after Dr. Krubitch took over and the village invested $132,00, we see the biggest point drop in the  last five years at TIES, a full 60 points.  Here are some of things that means:

In 2013, Treasure Island had an FCAT score of 475, ranking of C and right in the high middle of the C grade scale.  This was a letter drop from a B the previous year and a great disappointment.

In 2014, Treasure Island now has an FCAT score of 415, ranking of D and at the bottom of the D grade scale.

In 2013, TIES ranked 27 out of 48 elementary schools in Miami Dade
In 2014, TIES now ranks 43 out of 48 elementary schools in Miami Dade

For comparison, note that RK Broad and North Beach Elementary the other two schools in our feeder pattern rank 1 & 2 respectively.

Our school board member, Dr. Martin Karp, told me that he has met twice now with the head of Miami-Dade schools, Alberto Carvalho, about this decline and I hope our commission takes a similar step, holding a public workshop to explain to the citizens the specific plan to stop the deterioration of the school and turn it around.  

Kevin Vericker
July 14, 2014

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