2 Sumter schools removed from list

Published 9:40 am Wednesday, December 20, 2017

From Staff Reports

AMERICUS — Due to increasing student achievement, Americus-Sumter High School and Americus-Sumter Ninth Grade Academy have been removed from the state’s list of “Priority” schools, a designation for Title I schools that are underperforming.
Under the leadership of Principal Kimothy Hadley, Americus-Sumter High has seen its graduation rate soar from 83.7 percent in 2014 to 89.3 percent of students in 2017. The school’s total College and Career Readiness Performance Index Score, or CCRPI, has gone from 53.9 to 70.1 over the same time period. Americus-Sumter Ninth Grade Academy has seen an increase in CCRPI from 45 to 54.8 in the same time period.
Torrance Choates, Ed.D., superintendent of Sumter County Schools, feels it is a culmination of improved discipline throughout the system which allows teachers to teach, the level of instructional leadership taking place, everyone working together as a team and fiscally prioritizing resources to make a greater impact on student achieve throughout the system.
“We are getting better every day in every way,” he said. “I would like to thank the board of education for making the students their number one priority. The best is yet to come.”