CALHOUN COUNTY, FL – Today, Calhoun County Superintendent of Schools Ralph Yoder, announced that Blountstown Elementary School (BES), Blountstown Middle School (BMS), and Carr Elementary & Middle School earned an A grade by the Florida Department of Education in its annual release of school grades for elementary and middle schools.
Blountstown Elementary School’s A grade was a two-letter grade improvement from last year’s C. BES Principal Pam Bozeman said, “Our students and teachers rallied around the theme ‘Hunting for an A’ during last school year. The results of their efforts paid off. I am extremely proud of their commitment and this recognition.”
This year, BMS earned a second consecutive A grade after a one-year dip to a B in 2012. BMS principal Neva Miller said, “I am proud of our students and teachers for their achievement. Our students and teachers were focused on earning a second consecutive A grade. This is an indication that our students are receiving a great education and are getting prepared for high school."
Carr Elementary & Middle School’s A grade was an improvement from last year’s B, which followed ten consecutive grades of A. Darryl Taylor, Jr., Carr School principal stated, “The A grade our students and teachers earned for Carr School is evidence of the quality instruction from our faculty and the dedication of our students. I am grateful for the daily effort put forth last year by our faculty, staff and students to regain an A.”
Superintendent Yoder said, “I am proud of our students, faculty, staff and administration. The accomplishments of our students is a clear indication that our staff are preparing them for their future. I am grateful for the support from parents, grandparents and other family members, along with our community.”
Statewide, the number of "A" schools improved seven percentage points, from 29 percent (767) to 36 percent (962). An A school receives bonus money from the state with the amount determined by the number of students enrolled.
High school grades will be released in either December or January. Their calculations include data not available until the fall.
Documents on School Grades can be accessed at - http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/