People in Wakulla County are praising their school district for two years of straight A’s. Five of the local schools are raking in the highest honors while the high school remains at the average mark.
Many families say they know Wakulla has great teachers and great schools. That's why they moved there.
Welcome to Wakulla County, where the signs say it all. Report cards are in and the majority of schools have earned the highest honors.
David Miller, Superintendent of Wakulla County Schools, says, “It takes a total commitment from the school. When we're successful we like to think everyone plays a role.”
Miller is proud of his school district's latest report card, straight A’s for the elementary schools the same at the middle schools, and the high school has maintained its C average.
It's the reason folks are celebrating and the reason some families move here, ones like Jessica Shelly who says their move from California to Wakulla County proved successful when her son made the Honor Roll for the very first time.
Her son Trevor credits his school, Crawfordville Elementary, which has just earned another A for the fourth year in a row.
Trevor Pickens says, “In California it was harder there, there was so much kids no control from teachers. Here it's much different.”
Polly Nichols, a Wakulla County resident, says, “The people here don't use the term as teacher, they use the term as friend. If child has problems they take care of all the problems it's just a wonderful place to be.”
We received similar reactions from numerous parents who say they're proud of the district's long run of A schools. Miller says the grade also means dollar signs because the state will award $10 per student to A schools this year.
Miller says the money goes straight back to the schools. Some will be used for bonuses. Other dollars will be allocated to school equipment and supplies and things of that nature.