Just two years later, Bausch and his team have taken the school, which was once on the verge of closing due to poor performance, and earned one of the best scores in the city with an A grade from the Department of Education (DOE).
“My biggest problem was dealing with perception in the community, parents and what people thought about the school,” Bausch said after receiving the news about the updated progress report. “There has been a wave of positive press and buzz in the community, and a lot of people are entertaining that thought in the school.”
By cutting 22 underperforming teachers and replacing nearly 65 percent of his staff with a newly invigorated team, Bausch immediately turned what was once a failing school into an efficient, engaging work environment.
“We did really well and the letter grade we got rhymes with ‘yay,’” he said after receiving the news. “Just in terms of what was, an ‘A’ on the progress report is not the end all be all, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.”
Assemblyman Joseph Lentol applauded the new principal for his work at the school.
“Not only has Marcos helped turned the school around, he has brought on new staff and teachers that are also helping to lead these children in the right direction," Lentol said.
While Bausch’s high mark was a huge accomplishment for his school, 67 percent of new unscreened high schools also earned an ‘A’ or a ‘B’ this year, in comparison to last year when just 46 percent reached the prestigious status.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott praised the schools that moved up in the ranks and noted the importance of holding schools accountable for their performance.
“The most important job of our schools is ensuring students are on track to succeed in college and their careers,” Walcott said. “These results are further evidence that the hard work of our teachers and principals is paying off.”
All in all, 442 schools received an “A,” 576 received a “B,” 459 received a “C,” 102 received a “D” and 45 schools received an “F” on their progress report.