The Richmond County Board of Education praised the system’s magnet and high schools for improved SAT scores at its meeting Tuesday.
All 11 traditional and magnet high schools were recognized for the better scores for the 2016-2017 school year and Butler, Glenn Hills, Westside High schools and Richmond County Technical Magnet School were acknowledged for their increased ACT results.
This comes less than a month after graduation results were released with Richmond County seeing its highest rate in 10 years of 79 percent.
“We want to take time to celebrate,” Superintendent Dr. Angela Pringle said prior to awarding high school principals with certificates for their achievement. “This is a team effort. We know our high school principals are supported by teachers, parents, students working very hard and certainly our central office and district office team that understands our job is to support, encourage and provide resources.”
Seven schools – Glenn Hills, Butler, Lucy C. Laney High, Josey High, Hornsby Middle, Jenkins-White Elementary and Meadowbrook Elementary –were placed on the state’s priority list for under-performing schools. Remaining on that list could require the state to take a more hands-on role with those schools. With increases in graduation rates and Georgia Milestones test results released this summer, they could be removed from the list.
The College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), another key factor in determining removal from the list, will be released later this year. CCRPI measures college readiness based on achievement, progress, achievement gap and challenge points.
Schools were not the only ones being acknowledged for their achievements.
The board recognized bus drivers who have served the county for 30 or more years. Those drivers were Annette Borum (37 years), Marcia Turner (33 years), Janice Turner (32 years), Billie Scott (31 years), Angela Stroud (30 years) and Richard Waters (30 years).
Pringle has been selected a recipient of Jobs for America’s Graduate’s National Educational Leadership Award. Pringle will accept the award Nov. 28 in Washington D.C., at the AT&T Forum.
Director of Communications Kaden Jacobs was also named to Georgia Trend’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40 in the business magazine’s most recent issue.