B.T. Bullock Elementary named first winner
Of new, incentive-centered Lee County public school initiative
Lee County Education Foundation’s Head of Class Project
Will award all Bullock employees with share of $50,000 award
SANFORD, N.C., Sept. 12, 2011 – The innovative incentive program created last year for Lee County public schools – offering financial awards for each employee of the elementary school that ranked highest during the past year – will award $50,000 to the staff at Benjamin T. Bullock Elementary School.
The Head of Class Project is a non-profit initiative supporting incentive-based school achievement launched in 2010 by the Lee County Education Foundation. Head of Class is the first North Carolina initiative to offer financial incentives to school staff for improved student academic performance.
Education leaders have described the incentive program as a potential pacesetter for public education. Awards for about 78 members of the Bullock Elementary staff will range from approximately $1,000 to $265 depending on the position. Every employee– principal, teachers, teacher assistants, librarians, cafeteria workers and custodians – will receive a financial award.
“We could not be more pleased with the Head of Class Project and the achievement of the team at Bullock Elementary,” said Kirk Bradley, Chairman of the Lee County Education Foundation. “The success created by the principal, teachers, staff and students help us bring our objective to life: incentive-based recognition is possible and meaningful in public education.”
Dr. Jeffrey C. Moss, superintendent of Lee County Schools, said the incentive program helped raise scores at all the elementary schools. “This program has been a success in every way in Lee County,” Moss said. “The Head of Class program may well become a model in the future. And in the short term, we hope to expand it to all schools in our own district.”