Augusta, GA (WJBF)- Last week, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal held his state of the state address. His top concerns include the growing number of failing schools throughout the Peach State. Richmond County has 21 schools on that list, three more than last year. School Board members have implemented several programs to help aid failing students.
The intermediate Literacy and Math Center, located in the old National Hills Elementary, is for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students who historically scored more than two grades below grade level in reading or math. The second program is a partnership with Textron called Reaching Potential through Manufacturing.
In addition to the programs School Board member Venus Cain says it will take additional parent involvement to help students succeed.
“We can’t just say it’s a Richmond County issue, it’s a community issue because if our children are not coming home after our teachers have taught all day and no one is home to reiterate what the teacher has taught or made sure homework is done then we’re going to be working in vain.” Cain said.
Students will begin testing for the Georgia Milestones test in April.
Below are the list of failing schools in Richmond County:
- Wilkinson Gardens Elementary
- Butler High School
- Rollins Elementary School
- W.S. Hornsby K-8 School
- Lamar-Milledge Elementary School
- Meadowbrook Elementary School
- Morgan Road Middle School
- Jamestown Elementary School
- Glenn Hills Middle School
- Diamond Lakes Elementary School
- Jenkins-White Elementary Charter School
- Bayvale Elementary School
- Glenn Hills High School
- Sego Middle School
- Josey High School
- Spirit Creek Middle School
- Wheeless Road Elementary School
- Terrace Manor Elementary
- School Murphey Middle Charter School