DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School System was awarded almost $500,000 in innovation grants from the state.
The award was given to specific schools that applied for the intense and rigorous charter system innovation grant.
It was a competitive process, but it was worth it for the schools that received the money. They have to use the funds to change and transform the education at the school, in hopes of making the class environment better.
Dr. Jewel Jones Faison, the charter system consultant, said it will increase and improve the learning in students across the board.
"Many people stay away from the charter school system concept because it brings in the entire community, and we've embraced it and that's a very bold move that I'm very proud of Dougherty County for. I believe that as our schools improve, so will our city, and Dougherty County is the place to be."
In total, they were awarded $463,511.03.
- $159,360.00: Dougherty High, Albany Middle, Harvey Elementary, Turner Elementary (splitting the funds)
- $75,419.50: International Studies Elementary
- $73,246.80: Sherwood Elementary
- $56,284.73: Robert Cross Middle Magnet
- $55,000: Lincoln Magnet Elementary
- $44,200: Robert Harvey Elementary