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State superintendent stops in Tifton, discusses fewer students in schools

Georgia schools are facing shrinking student populations. (Source: WALB) Georgia schools are facing shrinking student populations. (Source: WALB)
State Superintendent Richard Woods (Source: WALB) State Superintendent Richard Woods (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

The state superintendent is traveling across the state this week and on Tuesday, Richard Woods made his first stop in Tifton at Northside Primary.

Woods discussed several issues while he was in town including the shrinking student population. 

School systems like Dougherty County recently closed Albany High, one of the reasons the school closed included a smaller student body with less than 73 percent occupancy.

County leaders voted to close the Albany High School last month.

They said the closure saved the school system around $1.7 million.

"Anytime you close a school you know it's going to be a bit disruptive, but I trust the local school board and the superintendent and the decision-making process that involves parents," said Woods.

The district plans to redirect those funds toward student achievement.

Woods also encouraged school officials to keep in contact with their legislators.  

"I would encourage them to reach out to their legislators in the senate and the house so they can be adequately represented. For us, we need to work on different avenues for revenue streams," explained Woods.

Woods will also make stops in Columbus and Augusta.

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