DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School System was one of 38 school districts to receive a $2 million literacy grant from the Georgia Board of Education to combat the literacy issue across Georgia.
Dougherty County's top academic priority is elementary literacy.
The grant was very competitive and all schools in the district were required to put in a plan on how they would spend the money if they were to receive the grant.
Those plans range from adding literacy blocks into each school day to having literacy incorporated into other studies.
"Building those foundations so that children are better prepared to handle the academic rigger as they progress through the system," explained DCSS Spokesperson J.D. Sumner.
The school system plans to have all of the funds allocated and in place by the beginning of next school year.