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Jasper Co Schools Gear-up For New School Year

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Students in the lowcountry headed back to school this morning.

But for these kids at the Ridgeland campus in Jasper County-- things are gonna be a bit different this year.

That's because Jasper County recently received an "F" rating by the state's superintendent.

NEWS 3's Brittany Shane spoke with parents and officials about their expectations for this coming year.

"We want you to start thinking about your future from day one," said Karen Parker.  

Jasper County students, parents, and teachers are focused on high expectations for this coming school year.

"This year, right here's going to be a good year. I expect them to achieve academically, I expect them to go above and beyond, I expect them to do excellent on their test scores and everything, you know. My expectations are pretty high,"said parent, Tiffaney Barnes. 

Parents' hopes, plus an "F" grade for the district, has educators at the Ridgeland School Campus making changes to their curriculum.

"We are continuing our 'New Math' program this year, and we also have a new literacy plan for children, and then just exciting incentives for behavior and attendance this year, just a lot of things in place rewarding children for doing great things," said Robert Candillo, principal, Ridgeland Elementary. 

"We want the kids to be more motivated. I want them to come to school wanting to learn. Teachers are highly motivated right now. We want to set the positive attitudes from day one. We just want them to want to come to school, and if they desire to be here, we know they will perform," said Karen Parker, Principal, Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School. 

Right now it's up to teachers to perform, and administrators say they are ready for this school year, and all of the work ahead of them, including many more progress checks.

"They saw our report card grade and it touched us all, that's not us, so we will be putting forth our best efforts. Everybody's on board, everybody's ready to be positive. We don't want to hear any negatives, so very positive over to be quiet," said Parker. 

This is good news for parents.

"You know I believe our school district will achieve what it needs to achieve. I know there's been a lot of talk and a lot of things going on, but we will overcome it like we do everything else," said Barnes. 

The Jasper County School District will receive its official state report card in November, which encompasses several different test scores as well as graduation rates.

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