The goal of the mentor program is to help move these schools from failure to high-level ratings, said Fonda Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Volunteer Florida Foundation that administers the mentoring partnership.
If the program is successful, it may be expanded to middle and high schools, she
Gadsden County Superintendant Reginald James said Stewart Street Elementary
is the Gadsden school that received the failing grade.
"We're fortunate to only have one failing school," he
...Fonda of the Volunteer Florida Foundation said the mentoring program currently has no state funding attached to it and that the project is "very much a grass-roots effort."
This program is different from other partnership initiatives, she
said, because it uses state employees, corporate workers, faith-based members and other people working in "concert for one very focused thing."
"Mayors in each city have agreed to be the leader for their area, and we're sure each mayor will do it a little bit different," she