Georgia State School Superintendent visits Columbus

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - AYP or Adequate Yearly Progress has been on a lot of people's minds lately, especially in Muscogee County where only one out of every three schools were successful in making AYP.

Along with math and reading scores, the AYP process also weighs attendance and test participation.

Out of the 55 schools in Muscogee County, 18 passed. Georgia State School Superintendent, John Barge says he thinks numbers like this should have the federal government rethinking "No Child Left Behind."

He also encourages parents to find out why their individual school did not make AYP.

"It may be one child with in a subgroup, literally, that kept a school from making AYP and so the entire school is labeled as not making AYP. If it is much bigger than that and you have a significant number of students or significant number of subgroups then there may be some issues. As parents, lets get involved and talk with leadership and find out if we have an instruction issue," said Barge.

You can find a break down of your specific school's AYP reports on the Georgia Department of Education's website.

Barge talks BRAC:

In just two months, BRAC or Base Realignment and Closure with be complete.

But, are local schools ready for the soldiers and their families coming to the area?

State Superintendent John Barge talked to Harris County and Chattahoochee County superintendents about the concerns they are facing when trying to guess how many extra kids will be coming in to their schools due to BRAC.

Specifically in Harris County, Barge tells News Leader Nine they are worried about having the space for new students. As a rural county they can not create the money through a SPLOST referendum they might need to build up as quickly. The State Department of Education agreed to help with funding if they need it.

Many school systems in the area are getting ready for the influx with facilities and teachers, but barge says they haven't over-prepared.

Barge said, "They are waiting to see how many students actually do show up before they start spending additional tax payer money because there is nothing worse for a community that is struggling economically than to spend money that is unnecessary."

The Muscogee County School District has prepared by setting aside a million dollars in their budget for students that come in from BRAC.

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