Schools meet, exceed growth goals

LEDGER – Multiple Mitchell County public schools met or exceeded growth goals for the previous school year and were recognized Thursday, March 14, at the regular meeting of the Mitchell County Board of Education.

Bowman Middle School, Deyton Elementary and Gouge Elementary all exceeded growth and Mitchell High, Harris Middle and Mayland Early College met growth. 

After not meeting their growth goals during the previous school year, Bowman pushed their growth percentage from 66.7 percent to 85.8 percent. 

“They had a mountain to climb in terms of growth,” said Jennifer Gregory, executive director of accountability, personnel and testing for Mitchell County Schools. “And, they succeeded.”

Deyton exceeded growth for the sixth year in a row as did all the school’s subgroups. 

“This speaks a lot about the teachers they have there,” Gregory said about Deyton. “They truly work as one team.”

Gouge exceeded growth for the second year in a row and increased overall math performance by two points. Gregory added Gouge’s eagerness to display student work in the hallways proves their commitment to making students feel at home. 

“These teachers have had to work through several retirements,” Gregory said. “But whatever they’ve been asked to teach, they do it and they do a great job. This is a place where students feel loved and welcome.”

Harris increased its overall performance grade by four points and met growth after failing to do so the previous year. 

“When I think about Harris, I think about the flexibility of the teachers,” Gregory said. “The teachers and [Michael] Tountasakis work together to develop plans and they immediately implement them.”

Mitchell High Principal Mark Woody was in attendance along with several of his faculty members to accept recognition for meeting growth. 

Representatives from Mayland Early College had another engagement but will be recognized for meeting growth during the board’s regular April meeting.

Superintendent Chad Calhoun thanked all of the staff for their hard work. 

“I appreciate all the time, effort and everything else they do,” Calhoun said. “We know where the rubber meets the road – in the classroom.”

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