Lauderdale County Schools 'High Performing'

The new school scores from the State Department of Education show Lauderdale County Schools are continuing to improve. Last year, some were under-performing, but this year Superintendent Randy Hodges says that they saw improvements in just about every category.

"When you have 2 Star Schools, 6 High Performing, and 4 Successful, so they're all successful and above, and that's something for Lauderdale County to be proud of."

The school system saw improvements across the board, but one of the biggest gains they saw was here at Clarkdale Middle School, where they went from being on Academic Watch to being rated as a high performing school.

"And that really came back to hard work among present staff and among students and among parents, which is something you can't buy. It's something people have to decide in their heart that they're going to do, and our group did decide that in their heart, and they did a good job with it."

Over the past 4 years, Lauderdale County Schools have seen their budget slashed by $4 Million, and Superintendent Hodges is glad they've been able to do more with less, and says it makes the improvement that much sweeter.

"Limited resources and continue to be able to move forward, that speaks well for everyone, and all of our stakeholders."

Now the task is to continue upon the improvement until every school is performing as well as it can.

"We'll spend the rest of this school year with our teachers, with our administrators, taking a look at where we might could do better."

"Obviously we want to make it to the STAR School department as my colleague across the hall at Clarkdale Elementary has done."

No Lauderdale County School saw a drop in ratings.


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