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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County School leaders say they've made a lot of progress in fixing problems with Title I programs that serve students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

They say they need strong parental support to keep moving forward.

There was a big turnout for Monday's Title I parent meeting. Dougherty County School System leaders say involving parents can lead students to success.

"When you have parent who are involved, their children would be a much better student for the school," said Dr. David Coley, Title I Director.

At the annual district meeting, parents were able to voice their concerns about programs under Title I and offer suggestions to make them better. School officials will consider those suggestions as they revise the district policy.

"It's very important for me to get the information to carry back to my son's school, my neighbors, the community and let them know what's going on in the school system," said parent Charlette Reddix.

In 2012, the state froze about $20 million in Title I money because of problems with how the school system was spending the money. That money has been released back to Dougherty County Schools and the Title I director promises to spend every penny carefully.

"We are going to spend it legally, that the main thing. We want to make sure it's done for the advancement of the children academically," said Dr. David Coley.

Parents say meetings like this should encourage the community to help their schools.

"If we get out and support our children, support our staff, the school administrators, and then everybody wins in the long run," said Charlette Reddix.

And as you can see from the turn out, the school system and parents are ready to take that step in the right direction.

The specific budget for the released title one money has not been made yet. Dr. Coley says they hope it have it ready in a few weeks.

Dougherty County Schools are getting more than $8 million in federal Title I money.

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