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Whiteville Elementary School Making Progress According to State

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

WHITEVILLE, Tenn- Once determined a priority school by the state because of low-performance, Whiteville Elementary School is making progress.

It's been a year since the Hardeman County school was put on the list. This week, state representatives visited the school to check on the progress that's been made.

"We feel positive about the state's response," Principal Cedric Crisp, said.

Last year the state threatened to take over the school; but after receiving a $1.3 million grant to add resources and recruit additional staff, including a new principal, officials said they're on track with the goals outlined by the state; and they've seen student growth in both reading and math.

"It's important that we bring up the reading scores," Carol Hames, the Reading Specialist said. "But it's more important that students know how to read.

Before the grant, the school was in the bottom five percent of achievement in the state in most subjects; but now that's all changing.

"There really is a culture of wanting to learn and grow from both students and faculty," Crisp said.

The state will meet with Whiteville Elementary School officials once a quarter to continue checking progress.