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Vidalia Schools Miss AYP
Wednesday, 15 July 2009

July 15--  The Vidalia City School System did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) this year due to academic shortcomings.

Curriculum Director Lucy Claroni said some 5th grade math students at Sally Meadows Elementary and 11th grade math students at Vidalia High School came up short on state tests.  At the high school, Claroni said a big issue is getting  weak students to come to school on a regular basis.

The other two schools in the system, J.D. Dickerson Primary and J.R. Trippe Middle School made AYP.

A Vidalia school board member announced his resignation at Tuesday night's board meeting.  Second Ward board member Mac Jordan is in his 12th year on the board.  He is considering running for city council in the Fall and is resigning from the school board to keep his options open, he said.

The school board approved a 12-month loan of $1.9 million from Vidalia Federal Savings Bank at 3.25 percent.  Superintendent Dr. Tim Smith said the money will be used to make construction payments for the Sally Meadows Elementary School building project.  The good news is the contractor is ahead of schedule and payments are needed earlier than anticipated.  The bad news is that sales tax collections are lagging this year.  The loan will be used to pay the contractor and will be repaid with sales tax dollars as they accumulate in the coming year.

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