HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL
Kate Sullivan had its beginning in four barrack-type rooms, which now provide offices for county-wide personnel. This barracks building is located directly west of the school campus. The main red brick multi-storied building was constructed in 1949 and became the third elementary school in Tallahassee. Presently, thirty classrooms are available, twenty-four in the main building and six in an air conditioned building which we built in 1965.
The renovation of the main building wee completed in the spring of 1970. Remodeling of two classrooms, hallway apace and the library converted an undersized library into a Spacious media center. In 1976 the auditorium area wee air conditioned and carpeted and this learning center now accommodates three classes.
The faculty consists of a principal, curriculum coordinator, 29 classroom teachers, 4 Title I teachers, guidance counselor, media specialist, special education teacher, music teacher, physical education teacher, art teacher, a part-time physical education teacher, part-time speech therapist, part-time school psychologist, a part-tine nurse, and a part-time social worker.
Students at Kate Sullivan are placed on eight teams the primary division of the teams being chronological age. The program is non-graded and teachers diagnose and prescribe to meet student needs through a variety of teams teaching technique. Learning experiences are presented in a class organization, which provides for skills grouping, differentiated assignments and a use of a variety of instructional materials.
Due to the new zone lines established in 1975, The Kate Sullivan enrollment increased from 580 students to 780 students. This increase enabled us to maintain a full-time curriculum coordinator and a full-time guidance counselor. We were able to employ a full-time art teacher and the part-time music and physical education teachers. We also have hired aides who give one hour's help daily to each classroom teacher.
The faculty developed a new pupil progress report with input from parents. The report was designed to measure the progress of an individual student based on his ability and maturity, not on the achievement of others. One parent/ teacher conference is required and 3 additional progress reports are sent home in February, April and June.
Recognizing that a quality instructional program requires not only competent teachers but also a rich variety of instructional materials, $22.95 per child wee expended during the 1976-77 school year. The total amount spent directly for instructional materials was $17,624.05.
The Kate Sullivan Teacher Education Center brings as many as 100 university students and their professors into our school. These college students, while learning, give hours of assistance and tutoring to meet individual needs.
Kate Sullivan has been part of a Learner Verification Program with Scott Foreman Company, validating their new reading program, Reading Unlimited. The company has furnished the complete set of materials for each of the classrooms involved in grades kindergarten through five.