FLINT, Mich. - Keeping a promise made by a predecessor, a Beecher Community Schools administrator presented flat screen TVs to two students who earned the district's best scores on the ACT exam, according to The Flint Journal.
Acting Superintendent Paul Barker purchased the TVs with his own money, The Journal reported, saying it was part of deal that Superintendent Jerri Lynn Williams made before going on sick leave a month ago.
"You can't use school monies for those kinds of things, so I wanted to make good on that promise," Baker said, according to The Journal.
The 19-inch TVs went to Destiny Blakes-Allen, who earned the highest composite score, 22, and to Salathiel Noronha, who had the highest math score at 28, The Journal reported. The highest score possible on the ACT is 36.
Knowing about the offer in advance "motivated me a little bit," Noronha said, according to the report.
The Flint Journal, "New Beecher Acting Superintendent Paul Baker buys TVs for high-scoring students," June 3, 2009
Michigan Education Digest, "MME scores improve slightly in most subjects," Aug. 13, 2008