Afternoon dismissal at Ford Road Elementary School, located in Westwood Westwood, is remarkably quiet and orderly.
"I'm a detail-oriented, step-by-step person, and with that I like to think of all possible scenarios and put systems and operations in place to eliminate any potential problems," said principal Antonio Burt, who's now in his second year leading the school.
Before Burt took the helm in 2012, Ford Road Elementary was plagued by academic issues that had caused the school to fall into the bottom five percent of all elementary schools in the state of Tennessee, becoming one of 69 underperforming schools.
- Written by Aisling Maki/Special to The New Tri-State Defender
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