McKinley High School is an EBR top gainer

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Senior Night on the volleyball court at McKinley High School was extra special Monday night, as the Panthers also celebrated a 22-point increase in the school's state performance score.

"The teachers and students both worked hard," said McKinley Principal Armond Brown.

That improvement helped Principal Brown and McKinley go from a "D" to a "B" and parents are certainly happy with the change.

"It makes me feel good to know that they have made improvements here," said Regina Collins, a parent of two students at McKinley. "There has been increase in enrollment and types of activities for kids here."

McKinley High's improvement from the last school year can be attributed to a number of factors but Principal Brown says the biggest has been his staff's ability to adjust to their students.

"It's a gifted and talented, great scholars and traditional. You have all three groups here so you have to work with all three groups and it's tough but you have to do it and you have to make sure you can get faculty to buy into it," said Brown.

An example of what Superintendent Dr. Bernard Taylor says is a growing trend for most schools within the district.

"It shows that this district is capable of moving achievement, that it's focused on doing just that and it's happening across the board," said Taylor.

That is fine with Brown, who adds that his goals have now changed just a bit.

"When we found out we were a "D" school that when we moved to a B school, I would ride off into the sunset but I'm not riding off into the sunset, I've got to get that "A" first," said Brown.

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