Turnaround Plan for JFK Middle School

By Al Pefley  email

Riviera Beach, FL (WFLX)

A school in our area that is considered one of the 12 worst performing schools in Florida could get some help.  At a meeting today in Tallahassee the state Board of Education approved a turnaround plan for JFK Middle School in Riviera Beach.

Under the plan, the principal and assistant principals at JFK Middle would be replaced, along with a number of teachers in math and reading.

The plan also calls for the district to provide a reading and math/science coach and an advisory board.

"Hey if it works, it works.  If it don't, it don't.  But I think it might work if they try it, you know. You think it's necessary? Yes," said Carlos Padgett, a parent who was picking up his child at JFK Middle School.

"I feel that this school needs turning around. That the children's best interests are not what's goin' on right now. I think it's a step in the right direction," said Joan Hicks, another parent.

The principal at JFK Middle School, Melvis Pender,  would not comment on camera.

But he told us quote: "This plan won't be necessary. I feel confident that we can make the progress we need to make and are making progress." And he feels that will be proven when the school's FCAT scores come out in a few weeks.

JFK Middle School has been rated a "D" school every year since 1998 except for one year,  when it received a "C" rating.