Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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November 19, 2012

DCES receives recognition

Vienna — The state of the school addresses for Dooly Board of Education members got off to a good start Thursday night with representatives from the elementary school.  

Before getting into their presentation, Principal Jean Thompson and Assistant Principal Felicia Madison announced that DCES recently was recognized by the Georgia Department of Education as a “Reward School — High Progress.”

This means that the school is in the top 10% of all Title 1 schools and that test scores have been showing improvement for the last three years.

The school is plainning a celebration to commemorate the accomplishment which Thompson said the board will be invited to attend. Madison then played a video created by a committee of staff members at DCES and DCMS highlighting the elementary school.

The presentation featured students talking about the different aspects of the school, such as the lunch program, available technology, awards and such while other students displayed works of art.

Though the video spoke for itself, Thompson and Madison were available to answer questions from the board. Their efforts in the creation of the video were applauded.

Board member Janie Winters then talked about her recent experience attending Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement, known as GLISI. GLISI is an intensive training partnership for teams of school and district leaders in Georgia designed to refine and grow their ability to lead systemic school improvement.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to attend GLISI,” said Winters. “It  really gives you a new outlook on learning. They really encouraged criticial thinking, brainstorming and solving problems.”

Superintendent Dr. Grady Miles echoed Winter’s thoughts adding that GLISI is a very high charged event which is really motivating.

Referred to by Miles as one of the highlights of Thursday evening’s meeting was the contributions made to the school system through Partners in Education.

“We called on the community to help us obtain band uniforms, and the community really came through,” he said. “This is a momentous occasion for us.”

Dr. Miles said supporters have pledged $17,997 through the Partners in Education and of that number, the school system actually has received $17,147 which is 95% of the total pledge.

According to Miles, that is an increase over the last few years. In 2010-2011 only 73% of pledged funds were received and that total was $6,345. Last year 89% was received.

Sponsorship levels include Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Patron, and Dr. Miles read a list of all those who donated on every level.

Also on the agenda:

• BOE member Wayne Wilkins commented on his disappointment that the charter school amendment passed statewide.

• The board also reviewed monthly and departmental reports and handled several personnel matters.

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