Jackson County School Superintendent Larry Moore released the school grades last week on a happy note. No schools showed a drop with six school showing improvement. Four schools retained the same grade.
Coming in with their tenth consecutive A ranking was Sneads Elementary. Cottondale Elementary School has been hard at work this past year, improving from their C ranking last year all the way to an A.
Cottondale High School, Malone School, Riverside Elementary, and Sneads High School all improved from their C score last year to an improved B school this year. Graceville Elementary’s faculty and staff did a remarkable job bringing their school grade to a B this year.
Graceville High School, Grand Ridge School, Marianna High School, and Marianna Middle School all maintained a C score this year.
Principal Doug Powell from Malone School was pleased with the move up to a ‘B’ score, “Our teachers have worked hard, the students have bought in to what they’re trying to do to make the grade, and it all came together this year. I’m proud for our faculty, staff, and students as a whole that we can say we are a ‘B’ school.”
Cottondale Elementary principal Jessica Craven was more than ecstatic, “We were so thrilled to learn that we had made an A! The teachers and I had done the figuring at the school level and thought we had a chance at making it, but until we saw it in black and white, we were skeptical. CES teachers and students had so much fun working together toward this goal all year. I could not be more excited and proud that it paid off for them! Moving from a C to an A is quite an accomplishment! Go Little Hornets!”
Marianna High principal Hunter Nolen was cautiously optimistic, “We did better than last year which is always good. We are still a C but we improved overall by four points. We went up in eight of ten categories that we are graded on. We made some good improvements this past year but will look to make more next year.”
Laurence Pender and his staff were over the top and wasted no time in posting the good news on their marque in front of Graceville Elementary. Pender said of the news, “I am so proud of my teachers, staff, and our students. They have worked so hard. I also appreciate Mr. Moore for the help that he sent last spring. This has been the toughest year of my entire career.”
Eddie Ellis praised Marianna Middle School’s hard work, “We were a C school but we made strides in the right direction and were one point from making a B grade. I’m very proud of my teachers, staff, and the students for their hard work this year.”
Cottondale High principal Ken Granger was very pleased with his school, “We are proud of our students, faculty, and staff. They have been working tirelessly since the start of school. It is great to see their hard work paid off.”
Principal Mindy Howell from Sneads Elementary was extremely happy with her school’s scores, “I continue to be in awe at the hard work and dedication of our students and teachers! Each person on the SES campus is a critical part of the system that makes our school an enormous success. The FDOE sets the bar a “little higher” each year but SES rises to the challenge! I am honored to work at such a special place that I also call home.”