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Green Dot hoping to transform underperforming schools

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Wooddale Middle School has been taken over by Green Dot Public Schools.

Wooddale Middle is currently in the lower five percent of performing schools in Shelby County, but Green Dot officials said rather than a takeover, they’d like to consider this a transformation.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, Wooddale Middle School officially became one of two Shelby County Schools to join Green Dot Public Schools.

Green Dot was chosen by the Achievement School District to transform the economically challenged, underperforming schools like Wooddale Middle.

Green Dot has had a successful track record across the country. Current students, alumni and parents attended the ceremony as Jacob Edwards was introduced as the new principal.

Edwards is an eight year Green Dot veteran administrator who moves his wife and two sons from California to Memphis to take the position.

He said he is committed to guiding Wooddale Middle to greatness.

“We want to prepare all students for college, leadership, and life, not just the ones in California,” Edwards said.

He said part of his plan is to increase literacy, set clear expectations and evaluate the school’s assessment program.

“Really try to figure out how we can make our school a community-based school where everybody feels invested and a part of it,” Edwards said.

Students like Ashley Elizondo said although it is only the second week of school, they can already feel the impact of the new leadership.

“I see a lot of positive things happening. So far, eighth grade is my favorite year,” she said.

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