Columbia County Schools Present Five-Year Plan to Improve Academic Achievement

COLUMBIA COUNTY. (WRDW/WAGT) – Columbia County presented a new long-range plan at a recent board meeting.

They waste no time putting the plan into action.

The first day of school is in the books for Columbia County, and also the first day of a five-year strategic plan.

The to plan is due to expire in 2027 and covers a variety of things from student success to access to technology.

The plan took a year to develop, but some of the changes are already in effect. Superintendent Dr. Steven Flynt says the focus is always on the students.

“One of the first areas of focus is student success and so working with the curriculum, working with our teachers this summer to really prepare what we teach students and engage students in their learning is a very big part of this strategic plan,” he said.

The plan also includes community engagement and support, a cohesive and supportive culture, facilities and operational excellence, and the best use of talent.

Flynt says a lot of opinions went into it.

“Feedback from stakeholders and our community as well as our teachers and support staff,” he said.

The plan also aims to support the overall health of students.

With some anxiety at the start of the year, Dr. Dale Peeples says there are ways to support students.

“We try to encourage children to stay in school. They have to talk to the guidance counsellor, the nurse and someone from the administration. It’s okay, but it’s really best to try and stay on school grounds,” said Medical College of Georgia associate professor Dr. Dale Peeples.

He says to always remember that it’s normal to be a little anxious at first.

“A little bit of anxiety every time we step into a new situation is completely normal and natural. It’s just a part of life, a part of being human,” Peeples said.

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