Citing recently released school grades, Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor held a press conference and called low performing schools in the district a “crisis”.
He also called on the community to come together and support education initiatives.
“Children are in a chronic state of educational emergency. I recommend radical intervention in Title 1 schools,” said Proctor.
A Title 1 school designation means over 40 percent of the students are considered low income.
During his presentation, Proctor cited grades in a number of schools that showed over 60% of students performing below grade level in English, Math and Science.
For example, reports show that 67% of students at Godby High School scored below grade level in english and 81% of students at Bond Elementary scored below grade level in science.
Proctor noted that Leon County Schools spends $109 million in Leon County property taxes and asked: “why can’t I get more children reading at grade level.”
Proctor added, “I am not throwing stones at nobody. I am simply saying we are going to do more…We are going to raise standards.”
Proctor said we need to identify a course of action and act. “For Godsakes lets not do nothing at all,” said Proctor.
Proctor invited the community to the “Southside Success 2020 & Beyond Conference” that will be held on Thursday August 1st, at 6 p.m. at the Bethel Family Center.
The conference will address strategies to enhance academic performance.