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Dougherty School Superintendent sees improvement

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

September 18, 2008 

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School Superintendent says the system graduation rate is getting better, but she is still concerned.

Dr. Sally Whatley told the Albany Rotary Club the latest graduation rate for Dougherty County is 63 percent.   That's increased from just over 50 percent in 2002.

The dropout rate has also decreased in the system to 4. 6 percent for grades 9 through 12. But the percentage of schools making average yearly progress fell to only 54 percent in the first round of testing.

Whatley says she is certain the schools and teachers are doing a good job.

Whatley said "If our child will take advantage of the opportunities afforded them, absolutely. Absolutely, they can get a quality education. There is no doubt in my mind."

Whatley said Dougherty County schools have room for improvement, but she feels they are making progress.

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