Wake County school board member Kevin Hill says he wants to correct "misinformation" about Baileywick Elementary School that was spread by Heather Losurdo during her unsuccessful bid to unseat him.
Under the words "Rock Bottom," Losurdo had put out a campaign mailer saying "Baileywick Elementary School is a high needs declining enrollment school in Raleigh that deserves Federal funding under the needs-based formula instead of being funded on a per-pupil basis." She charged that "Hill has refused to advocate for them, so they have been unable to get the funds and resources they need."
During Tuesday's board meeting, Hill said it was "really important to give Baileywick a good shout out," as he pointed to the school's academic accomplishments.
"Over the last month or so, there was a little bit of misinformation distributed in the community about Baileywick Elementary," Hill said. "And I feel it really important to give Baileywick a good shout out.
Contrary to some of the information that came out during the campaign, they are a School of Distinction that has exceedingly high expectations for their children. It was stated their enrollment was declining. They're up 50+ students this year.
They have the highest AG (academically gifted) target in terms of target growth, growth targets with their AG. And their Title I is one of the top schools in the district in terms of a year-and-a-half of growth for each year with their Title I program.
So I just feel it's important to thank Kathy Hartenstine and the entire faculty and the Baileywick family for what they're doing with all of our children."
During the campaign, the mailer had prompted some letters to the editor from people who said that Losurdo had disparaged Baileywick.
Baileywick's enrollment last year was 456 students. With projections showing enrollment could drop to 400 students for this school year, Superintendent Tony Tata in April designated it as one of five schools that would receive additional teachers as a "small school."
Baileywick's enrollment for this school year, as of the 20th day of classes in September, was 442 students.