Despite plea, little admission of guilt

Published 2:34 am Monday, August 4, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
As school officials await Monday's release of accountability scores, teachers, Brewton and Escambia County schools' faculty and staff began began work on Friday in preparation first day of classes.
Students return to local classrooms Wednesday.
Escambia County School Superintendent Billy Hines said the teachers in the county are “fired up and ready” for the new year.
Hines and other school officials in the area will receive official word of schools' accountability results Monday. The schools will learn whether they met their adequate yearly progress - or AYP - goals, which are based on a variety of test results and other factors required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Hines' schools have a few new teachers across the county and are also beginning with a new reading program countywide this year.
County schools are not the only schools to adopt a new reading program. Brewton City School Superintendent Lynn Smith said Brewton city school students also will be exposed to a new reading curriculum this year.
Smith said middle school students will be exposed to another year in a special reading initiative that began last year at the school.
Smith said by adopting the new program, all students in the city and county will be working along the same program.
Other new additions to the Brewton City School system include three teachers.
New teachers in the W.S. Neal pattern include Nicole Dunaway and Connie Reeves at W.S. Neal Elementary School and Charlotte Calhoun and Kelly Wilson at W.S. Neal High School.
Teachers and students aren't the only ones preparing for the new year.

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