Four years ago, test scores at the Evans School, in Evansville were low. So low, the elementary school qualified for a three-year federal grant for almost $6 million.
In the grant’s final year, something big happened. Evans catapulted from an F to an A in the state’s ranking system. Current principal Helene Blum was with students when she found out.
“So I very calmly tried to finish with them and then as soon as they left, went to the assistant principal and just screamed,” she said. “Literally, just screamed and to say we’re an A.”
But then a new reality set in.