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Board Chairman Asks Parents to Help
Thursday, 12 August 2010

August 12--  Vidalia High School, like most others in this area, failed to make adequate yearly progress this year because its graduation rate missed the state standard by nine percent.

As the new school year starts, the Vidalia school board was told too many students lose interest early in their high school career when they find they need to work harder to meet increasing state academic standards.

School board chairman Bruce Asberry is urging parents this year to make an extra effort to work with their kids and the schools to keep their children in school.

"Everybody is trying to play a part in helping raise and get these kids promoted and ultimately graduated.  I would say to their parents please sit down with your children and talk with them about the importance of education. Get them motivated and if they have any problems, talk with the teachers and school counselors to help get your child through school," Asberry advises.

School officials say many societal problems including teenage pregnancies and one-parent families are impacting students.  Superintendent Dr. Tim Smith says a high percentage of students come from broken homes.

Meanwhile, the Vidalia school system's request to add more pre-kindergarten classes has been partially approved.  The state approved funding for one class of 20 students, however, 36 other students remain on a waiting list.

And it looks doubtful Vidalia schools will be able to afford a proposed new Army ROTC program.  Officials say a drop in the city of Vidalia tax digest will cost them about $70,000 in tax revenue which they had hoped to use for the ROTC startup.

 

 
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