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EARLY COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

The Georgia State School Superintendent visited schools in five south Georgia counties Thursday. Dr. John Barge says his goal is to visit every school district in the state.

Barge is running in the Republican primary for governor. He says Governor Nathan Deal hasn't done enough to support education in Georgia.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge shook hands with faculty and county officials as he begins a tour of Early County Elementary School.

"These are really tough times economically for education, and I know right here in Early County teachers have seven furlough days and it's very important to celebrate the good things that are happening and the successes," said Dr. Barge.

Barge met with teachers and talked to students about what they're learning. He says some of the best work he's seen in education is happening in rural Georgia.

"You've got teachers who are being really creative and dedicated and committed to young people and there's some great work going on here and I just had a great visit."

The principal was proud to show off the school's assets.

"The big thing that we focused on was going to see some of our kids because that's the best thing that we have here and we have world class teachers," said Early County Elementary Principal Matthew Cullifer.

A mile down the road, Early County High School was recently named a Title I Distinguished/Reward School. Students did well  academically despite risk factors such as high poverty rates.

"The award that we received was for increasing test scores over a three year period and we're among the top ten percent in the state of Georgia in the Title I schools," said Early County High School Principal David Ferry.

Barge says Early County High School is a model for other schools.

" I've seen some things in rural Georgia today that I will take back to Atlanta and share with other people and share with other districts, you know you need to go to Early County because they're doing X,Y, and Z," said Dr. Barge.

Barge also visited schools in Baker, Seminole, Clay and Randolph Counties.