About Our School
East Lawrence Elementary School is a public, rural elementary school, serving approximately 545 pre-k through fourth grade students from the communities of Caddo, Trinity, and Hillsboro in Central-Eastern Lawrence County. The original school was built in 1975 with one building housing K-11. A 12th grade was added the following year. At present there are three schools: East Lawrence High School, East Lawrence Middle School, and East Lawrence Elementary School. The current elementary school building was built in 1999 and classroom additions were added in 2001. We currently have 38 classroom teachers, a principal, an assistant principal, a counselor, a part-time reading specialist, and a library media specialist.
East Lawrence Elementary School qualifies to receive Title I funding, and uses those funds to improve the educational experiences of our students. Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, provides financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. In addition, all students receive free breakfast and lunch, regardless of need.
Over the last few years, East Lawrence Elementary has experienced some changes. Previously a K-3 school, our school added a fourth grade-level in 2014. In 2015, our school added a second pre-k class. In 2016, we added an Autism unit with a social sensory classroom. In July 2017, Mr. Casey Tate replaced Mrs. Jean Howard as principal of East Lawrence Elementary School, and Mrs. Tameka Madden joined our school as an assistant-principal. In July 2018, Mr. Tate accepted a position with a school closer to his home and Mrs. Madden was promoted to principal. Mr. Lee Roberts joined our staff as an assistant-principal.
Our dedicated staff holds high expectations for learning while meeting the challenges our children face. As an AMSTI (Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative) school, faculty members enhance the learning environment with engaging teaching strategies, hands-on activities, and emerging technologies. Our school is proud to house three Chromebase labs. Our first grade has a portable Chromebook lab to integrate technology. Our third and fourth grades also have sets of Chromebooks in order to integrate technology with social studies and language arts. We added three additional portable Chromebook labs in 2017 and are adding additional three portable Chromebook labs in 2018. While we encourage and promote the use of 21st-century technology, we also seek to instill pride in our agricultural community and showcase the resources and opportunities it provides for our families. We participate in Agriculturally Centered Activities. Three of our teachers are Ag in the Classroom certified. Additionally, we maintain an outdoor classroom where our students can participate in engaging, hands-on learning activities.