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State lauds eight schools here

Liberty schools on DoE Title 1 list for AYP

POSTED: November 9, 2009 10:25 a.m.
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Sandy Jones

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Eight Liberty County schools made the state Department of Education‘s list of Title 1 Distinguished Schools, which means they have met Adequate Yearly Progress for more than three years in a row.
The state DoE rewarded the schools that met the standards four years in a row with varying amounts of federal money, ranging from $712 to $1,068.
The following schools made the list: Button Gwinnett Elementary, Frank Long Elementary, Jordye Bacon Elementary, Joseph Martin Elementary, Lyman Hall Elementary, Snelson Golden Middle School, Taylors Creek Elementary and Waldo Pafford Elementary.
Sandy Jones, director of curriculum and professional learning for Liberty County School System, attributes the schools’ success to solid leadership.
“It is our school leaders who set the tone for sustained positive results,” she said. “We are fortunate in Liberty County to be able to provide training through the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement for all of our school leaders.
“In addition, our school leaders do a great job of hiring good teachers, supporting their efforts and treating students and staff with respect. Great schools don’t just happen, they are grown and nurtured by leaders who value education.”
Under DoE guidelines, Title I schools have a significant population of students who are economically disadvantaged and receive federal money. There were 896 Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools named throughout the state.
 “These 896 schools don’t accept excuses,” State Superintendent Kathy Cox said. “There are high standards for students and high expectations for teachers. These schools are focused and determined — and they are getting results.”
The number of Title I Distinguished Schools has increased across the state since 2003, when 116 schools made the list.
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