THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - There's new hope for a struggling south Georgia school.
Thomasville's Harper Elementary has a history of low test scores, but a new principal hopes to bring new energy and new ideas to turn it around.
Students will return to Harper Elementary in three weeks, but Melvin Hugans is on the job now as the school's new principal.
"This is my first full day in this position when Im actually here at the school," said Hugans.
An educator for more than 16 years, Hugans has done it all.
He started out teaching Pre-k and worked his way up to an administrator role in Thomas County. All of which he feels made him prepared to take on this new position.
"To be an administrator who listens to teachers and who takes their input and applies that to our plan for our school and our plan for our students," said Hugans.
Hugans is working everyday to make Harper elementary even better when students return.
"Harper like many other schools in the state is battling with expectations of strong CCRPI scores and right now that is an area that we need to grow in," said Hugans.
With dedicated teachers and students who are eager to learn, Hugans believes Harper elementary will be back in good shape in no time.
"I'm extremely excited, I think that Harper has as good as a chance as any school to be successful," said Hugans.