- External management, where an outside organization takes over day-to-day management.
- Restaffing, where the principal and at least half the staff are replaced and a research-based action plan is implemented.
- School closure, where all students transfer to other district schools (not an option in Caverna).
- Transformation, where the principal is replaced and "an extensive set of specified strategies" are implemented to turn the school around.
One of the questions Dick had for the academic team was who chooses the intervention model.That's the sort of question that should definitely have an answer in the official rules. I pulled up the new state regulation, 703 KAR 5:180, and found Section 5, entitled "Authority to Select an Intervention Option."
“The team, when it was here, said it did. The commissioner, when I talked to him, said he did. The legislators, when I talked to them, said the statute said I did and somebody else said it was the site-based council,” Dick said. “So we really don’t know who gets to pick the intervention model.”
Based on the regulation, the answer depends on the results of the recent audits. Both the school and the district leadership have been audited, checking to see if leaders at each level have the capacity to lead the transformation. The audit may find the school weak and the district strong, the school strong and the district weak, or both weak, or both strong. Based on those audit findings, different people decide which kind of intervention will be used at the school: