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South Shore schools win awards

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Four South Lake Tahoe schools may get more than $10,000 each from the Governor’s Performance Awards program.

The schools increased state test scores, met growth targets and had at least a 90 percent student participation rate in test taking, said Mary Chenier, a consultant in the state awards unit.

The money has gone to the state controller where it will go to the county treasurer for approval.



Individual schools, with their school site councils consisting of parents and teachers, will submit ideas on how to spend the money to the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education.

Mark Romagnolo, principal at Sierra House, said part of the money could be used for the Path for Success program, which is similar to the AVID program at South Tahoe Middle School and South Tahoe High School.



Both programs stress abilities such as notetaking, organization and questioning skills.The elementary school would be one of the state leaders in bringing the program to fourth and fifth graders.

Romagnolo, who knew his school would be in contention for money, was pleasantly surprised when he learned of the cash package.

“We weren’t banking on that considering the state budget,” he said.

Superintendent Diane Scheerhorn said the money is appreciated.

“It will definitely help,” she said. “Any additions to help programs and enforce student achievement is what we want.”

The schools received slightly more than $36 per student for increasing their scores on the statewide Academic Performance Index and showing valid scores on the Stanford Nine and California Standard tests, Chenier said.

The Governor’s Performance Awards Program is in its second year of existence and will dole out $67 million to eligible schools this year. The money used for this year’s awards comes from the 2000-01 state budget and is based on the school’s growth in the same year.


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