A Huge Thumbs Up To Annapolis High Panthers

| September 22, 2009 | 0 Comments

thumbs upEndangered No More, Annapolis High Exits Restructuring Plan

Just over two years ago, the entire staff at Annapolis High School was on the chopping block for under-performance. The school had failed to meet AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) criteria and a personnel shake up ensued.  Principal Don Lilley was transferred from Annapolis Middle School in the middle of 2004 to replace a principal who had polarized the entire school community. The school was not performing when he arrived and missed the mark in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, Lilley and all teachers needed to re-apply for their positions and develop a plan to turn the program around.

And turn it around they did! Just 30 months from the zero-basing, Annapolis High School has met AYP targets for the second consecutive year, removing the school from the Maryland State Department of Education’s watch list.

I have never been more proud of a group of people in my life than I am of this school community. This is a journey that has been made possible by a committed and selfless staff, a dedicated group of students and parents, and the passionate partnership of community and business groups. We have not finished our journey, but today is a significant milestone for us as we continue to make our school a showcase for the state.

–Annapolis High School Principal, Don Lilley

But, as Lilley stated, the accolades are far reaching. This was truly a team effort on behalf of the teachers, administrators, support staff, school Board, parents, and most importantly the students! For the full details, and some more good news about our schools, please see the full press release (PDF).

Well done Annapolis Senior High!

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John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news--and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009. John's background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.