DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Dougherty County School leaders say as they continue to work to improve schools, and support from voters will help.
This week voters approved extending the education penny sales tax for five years.
Superintendent Dr. David Mosely said the vote to keep E-SPLOST and the vote "no" on amendment one shows that the community has confidence in the system.
"I think our parents and voters are trusting us that we are going to do the right things," Mosely said.
During his four years here, he says schools have made great strides.
"We weren't doing as well as we could do and should do. Hopefully that's changed forever," Mosely said.
Now four of the five high schools have a graduation rate above the state level. It may be a trend thanks to a PBIS initiative that has been brought into almost all of the schools.
"We are keeping kids in school and not sending them home. When they are at hope they are not learning. They are on the streets," Mosely said.
With the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy coming next year, the hope is to keep those kids in the community after graduation.
"That's a game changer. It will allow our students to to continue their education academically and also have a job skill when they graduate. It's economic development bottom line," Mosely said.
While he said the schools are on track, he thinks with community and parent support, they will continue to soar.
"We are just grateful and proud of the leadership in our schools and our teachers and all the support staff. We are not there yet but as long as we are moving upward I'm happy," Mosely said.