Superintendent of Savannah-Chatham County Schools kicks off the new school year

The day has almost arrived for teachers and faculty members to return to their classrooms. However, before they get back to the books, Dr. Ann Levett, Superintendent of Savannah-Chatham County Schools, wanted to applaud their hard work. 

Dr. Levett held a presentation on Thursday for district leaders, school administrators and teachers. She started with a look back at the past year’s achievements and ended with the district’s plan for the next school year. 

The Superintendent said three schools in Savannah-Chatham County were taken off the list of the lowest performing schools. Those are Butler Elementary, West Chatham Middle and Thunderbolt Elementary.The district also maintained a graduation rate of 84.3 percent, which is higher than the state average. In total, the 2018 graduating class earned 43 million dollars in academic or athletic scholarships for colleges and universities. Although some schools remain on the failing list, Dr. Levett told News 3 that she looks at the glass half full. 

“That’s a small number of the 55 schools that we have, so we’ll continue to support them, but we’ll also continue to support those schools that are doing well,” she said.

Levett continued that to support students academically, safety must take priority. Using funds from the new school budget, the district is planning on placing a school resource officer in every school, and hiring additional counselors, social workers and psychologists to offer mental health services to students. Levett said rolling into the next school year, she hopes schools will continue to move forward. 

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