New superintendent in Sumter County reflects on year

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) -  The Sumter County School System is going through a lot of changes, including a new superintendent. When Dr. Roy Brooks left the Little Rock, Arkansas School District to move to Americus, Georgia, he had big plans for the school system the second he walked through the door.

Brooks told News Leader Nine, "We have a vision of becoming one of the highest achieving rural school districts in the state of Georgia. Our core mission, everything we're about, is about student achievement and providing the highest quality education we can for students here in Sumter County."

Budget cuts, lay-offs and overall low morale have challenged school districts all over the state, but since taking the position of superintendent, Dr. Brooks says he has started to see a big turn-around, "People are beginning to believe in us again and I think we have done a relatively good job in making people believe that we're going to hold others accountable for results."

He's only been in his office for one semester but already big plans are being put into action. Attendance has stayed between 95 to 97 percent for all grade levels, more schools in the district are making AYP and there's more to come.

"I think we're going to see an increase next year in our enrollment. We're going to see an increase in our student achievement. We're going to see a change in perception that people have about this school system. There's nothing but good news ahead in Sumter County Schools," Dr. Brooks added.

Dr. Brooks is also a big supporter of getting the community involved in education. He has held several town hall meetings for families and encourages all parents to attend the school board meetings to stay up-to-date on what's going on in Sumter County Schools.

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