• 68°

County schools make AYP

By EASON FRANKLIN
The Lowndes Signal
The Lowndes County public School System held its 2010-2011 Institute Program to motivate teachers and faculty for the beginning of the new school year.
Superintendent Daniel Boyd awarded several teachers from various schools throughout the county for their scores on Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO).
“AMO are goals set by the state Department of Education indicating the likelihood of schools reaching academic objectives,” said Boyd.
During the assembly, Boyd announced this years Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports.
All schools within Lowndes County, with the exception of Central High School achieved perfect scores this year, according to Boyd. Lowndes County met AYP as a whole.
Boyd also recognized the 2009-2010 graduation rate increase to 88-percent; the highest since the AYP system was incorporated about six years ago.
The keynote speaker for the morning was Vallerie Coath Cave who has worked as an educator for the past 22 years and will continue her work to bring Lowndes County’s public school system ahead of the rest of Alabama over the next three years.
Cave spoke about starting the school year anew and to treat each student and classroom setting as if the teachers would have their own children attend said classes.
“Our students need to know we believe in them,” said Cave. “You have to come prepared to teach and expect each and every student to graduate.”
Cave continued to speak about practice and how it does not make perfect, as the saying goes, but that practice makes improvement and that there is no such thing as perfection.
“It’s better to be prepared and have the opportunity than to have the opportunity and not be prepared,” said Cave.
The new school year for Lowndes County students will begin Aug. 9.
AYP Scores:
Central Elementary 13/13
Ft. Deposit Elementary 13/13
Jackson-Steele Elementary 13/13
Hayneville Middle 13/13
Lowndes Middle  13/13
Calhoun High  9/9
Central High  10/13