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Muscogee County superintendent outlines plan to improve school district

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Superintendent David Lewis Superintendent David Lewis
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

In the several months that David Lewis has been superintendent in Muscogee County, he's been observing the current state of schools and compiling his findings into a report.  

The 32 page document outlines challenges the district faces and his plan to overcome the barriers to progress. One part of the plan- the purchase of a reading series designed to help all students read proficiently by the third grade- has already been implemented. School board member at-large, Cathy Williams had an opportunity to read a draft of the report and she likes what she sees so far.

"Bringing that continuity as important to education as reading, has really already started to show improvements in all our schools, especially in those schools that were lower performing." 

Right now less than three out of four Muscogee County students makes it to graduation.   But believe it or not, that rate - at just under 73% - is more than a full point better than the statewide average.   Superintendent Lewis said he's not content to beat low standards.   His goal is to position the district to be among the best in the country, if not the world.

"The superintendent is aligning the district to ensure equity of resources, and that's something that's always been very important to me, so I was very pleased to see that, so I think it's going to make us a stronger district, and I think the children are really going to benefit," said Williams. 

The superintendent cited a perception of inequality between schools north and south of Macon Road, which he has sometimes heard referred to as the Macon-Dixon Line.   One of his main goals is to ensure that all schools have the same opportunity and resources moving forward.  

"I really do think that this 120 day plan allows us to benefit from a fresh perspective," said Williams.

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