Three schools placed on low-achieving list

No Thurston County schools were included on Washington state’s latest list of lowest- achieving schools. But in Grays Harbor County, Oakville’s elementary and high schools are on the list. And in Mason County, Oakland Bay Junior High School in Shelton also is on thelist.

The list, made public Friday by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, includes 47 schools across Washington competing for grant money under the federal Title I program.

Under that program, schools on the list must make radical improvements to their educational process in order to remain eligible. Oakville superintendent Kathy Lorton says Oakville has applied for the money and made sweeping changes in an effort to not only receive the additional funding, but to increase confidence in the school district’s educational abilities.

Among Oakville’s radical changes was replacing its K-12 principal last year.

“This is an opportunity for us to continue to make the improvements our schools need,” Lorton said.