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Mitchell Co. teachers voice concerns at school board meeting

A fiery school board meeting Tuesday night in Mitchell County. (Source: WALB) A fiery school board meeting Tuesday night in Mitchell County. (Source: WALB)
Fmr. Mitchell County teacher Jerome Jester (Source: WALB) Fmr. Mitchell County teacher Jerome Jester (Source: WALB)
Superintendent Robert Adams (Source: WALB) Superintendent Robert Adams (Source: WALB)
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MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) -

A fiery school board meeting Tuesday night in Mitchell County.

Dozens of teachers and residents voiced their concerns about the new direction the superintendent wants to take to improve the quality of education for the students. 

According to the superintendent, eighty five percent of elementary students in Mitchell County have failing test scores.

And the school board plans to do something about it, and it's put many teachers on edge.  

Several Mitchell County educators voiced concerns following the school board meeting.

Many of them dealt with how staff were being treated and the lack of communication between the board and teachers. 

Superintendent Robert Adams is taking corrective actions to keep their elementary students from failing, which he said has been going on for the past three years.

Some viewers asked about concerns of mass teacher firings within the Mitchell county district.

Adams said that's simply not true.

He is working with teachers to figure out the changes they can make to help these students in the classroom.

"Communication is a major issue between parents and administrators, or parents and the board and teachers and parents," said Fmr. Mitchell County teacher Jerome Jester.

"Obviously the fact that they have concerns means that we still have to work more on the communication piece, there is no doubt about that. I'm not sure exactly when we have teacher advisory committees, curriculum coordinating council have lots of different meeting where we talk about it," said Adams. 

Adams said he hopes the teachers will be on board with his plans to improve the district. 

He plans to offer a four-week summer school, after school programs and Saturday school programs. 

The school board and Adams also encouraged staff, parents and students to continue to voice their concerns so their needs are met. 

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