Bay County's Low Performing Schools Receive Help

By: Cameron Taylor Email
By: Cameron Taylor Email

PANAMA CITY - Bay District Schools will be spending more than half a million dollars to help out some of the county's D and F schools.

One of those schools will cost taxpayers more than a quarter of a million dollars alone.

After being labeled as one of the bottom 100 schools in the state, Patterson Elementary was mandated by the state to add an extra hour of reading.

District officials have come up with estimates as to how much it would cost to fund that extra hour and its about $268,000.

Patterson was the only elementary school in the county to receive a failing grade.

District officials say they're hoping Springfield's success with an extra hour last year will do the same for Patterson.

"We think the same positive results will happen with Patterson because of this extra hour. It's just proof that if you have more time in the classroom, this is definitely going to benefit them," said Bay District Schools Superintendent, Bill Husfelt.

That funding will be voted on in a few weeks in the district's final budget meeting.

School board members also voted to spend about $300,000 on instructional materials for some of the district's lowest performing schools.

Officials say the delay of school grades by the state postponed funding for the instructional materials.

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