By: Lanetra Bennett
June 29, 2017
QUINCY, Fla. (WCTV) -- The superintendent of schools in Gadsden County is pleased with the overall grade from the state. But he concedes there's work to be done.
The Florida Department released district and school grades for all schools in the state Wednesday.
Superintendent Roger Milton says he's pleased the district was able to maintain its overall grade of a "C".
Several individual schools did improve.
Milton said, "With the hard work of the principals, administrators, and people that were in place, and providing the support to the best that we possible can from the district level is the things that we think that helped."
Local resident Emma Smith has two grandchildren attending Gadsden County High School. Now that the school is a consolidation of East and West Gadsden High Schools. She hopes the school grade will improve.
She said, "I'm hoping it will be. I'm hoping that it will be. Not just for mine, but for everybody else's kids. I'm hoping that'll it will be."
East Gadsden brought its "F" up to a "D" this year. West Gadsden maintained its "D". "Bring it up, yes. I'm hoping they work on bringing it up. That's what we're really looking forward to." Said, Smith.
School Superintendent Roger Milton hopes East and West Gadsden's consolidation will have the same success as the Havana Elementary and Middle Schools merger. Havana Magnet School formed a couple of years ago. It has jumped from a "C" last year to an "A" this year.
Milton says the principal at Havana Magnet has been working hard. "She along with the community and that staff have moved that school to an A school. So, we're so very, very proud of those efforts." Milton said.
Gadsden Elementary Magnet School (GEMS) also received an A. It's the school's fourth consecutive time receiving an A.
Crossroad Academy improved to a "B". St. Johns and Gretna Elementary Schools went up from a D to a C.
The other schools that received a C are : Greensboro Elementary, Chattahoochee Elementary, and Steward Street Elementary.
One Gadsden County school received an "F". It's George Munroe Elementary. It dropped down from its "D" last year.
Milton said, "We realize that early learning is crucial. Our third grade test scores is an indication that approximately the lower 30 percent of our students are on level when they leave third grade. So, we will put resources and emphasis on all of our schools."
"We are moving from good to great over in Gadsden." Milton said.
The school board discussed the grades at a meeting Thursday morning. Superintendent Milton says they'll work with an external partner to provide assistance and put things in place to help those schools with the lower grades.