Editorial: Community volunteers making a difference in Richmond County schools

Editorial: Community volunteers making a difference in Richmond County schools

We recently put Richmond County’s school superintendent in an awkward position.

In discussing the progress and challenges in educating more than 32,000 students in the school district, we asked Dr. Angela Pringle last week to name the community partners that are chipping in to improve student performance.

She couldn’t. To be accurate, she wouldn’t. There are just so many of them, she’d possibly leave some out.

“If I start, I’m going to be in trouble,” Pringle said.

Instead, we’ll list some of them, further in this editorial.

But first, the annual report. Not long after taking the head job at Richmond County schools in 2014, Pringle has issued a report each year detailing the educational progress being made and the problems still being faced.

Among the improvements: a 77.7 percent graduation rate, which is the county’s second-highest in the past 15 years. Over that time span, the local graduation rate has risen about 25 percent.

Eighteen local schools posted their highest-ever scores in the College and Career Readiness Performance Index, which helps the state gauge school improvement based on how well students are mastering their subjects.

Sixty-eight percent of Richmond County seniors will graduate with some form of college credit.

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