The Baker County school system received their biggest honor from the state.
The Baker County K- 12 school was named a high progress school by the Georgia Department of Education. State officials look at the improving performance of all students over three years on statewide assessments.
Dr. Torrance Choates, the school system superintendent says they've been working diligently for the past four years to improve education.
"The last two years have been very critical. We did have a new board of education come in and under their leadership, we've made some dramatic, dramatic changes that's really helped and shape this system," said Choates.
Choates says they've implemented several new initiatives. ""We have dual enrollment set for 11th and 12th graders, where they go to Albany Tech and they work on event planning and hotel management. We have spanish being taught for grades K -12. We've also sent 8 teachers, K through 8 to be gifted endorsed. These are just a few of the many initiatives that we offer here at Baker County schools."
He also credits the honor to all of the community support and help. "I would just like to thank our board of education for their commitment towards excellence. I would like to thank our community for working with our students. I would like to thank our teaching and our faculty for working hard each and every day with the students, as well as our administration here."
For a list of other schools in South Georgia that received this honor, click on the link below.