"The Richmond County Transitional School was a good idea at the time it was founded," wrote Richmond County Schools Superintendent George E. Norris in a conclusion of the study.
"It has helped students who were behind to catch up and remain in school.
Our administrators believe that with our new School Improvement Grant (SIG) authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act, we will be better able to serve students.
"This grant was awarded to our Leak Street
School for the 2013 through 2016 school years for the amount of $789,111.
It will allow the school system to provide alternative opportunities for more students at Leak Street High School
which shares the campus.
Administrators also plan to group at-risk students matriculating to the tenth grade at Richmond Senior High into more structured schedules to allow close monitoring of Personalized Education Plans," wrote Norris
According to Norris
, Richmond County Schools
opened the Richmond County Transition School
on the Hoffman School Campus during the summer of 2008.
The transitional school concept originated during problem solving sessions the previous year.
The secondary director provided data that included that between 70 and 100 students were being promoted from Richmond County's
four junior high schools to Richmond Senior High as tenth graders who had little or no chance of being successful at the senior high level.
"These students fell into one or more of several categories," said Norris
" ... some students had been retained in a grade one or more times.
Some students had failed one or more courses in the ninth grade but did not need another year in the ninth grade.
Many had a pattern of poor attendance and therefore had gaps in their learning.
All students identified had low grade point averages."
said the Transitional School
was relocated to the Ashley Chapel Campus in 2009.
moved in to share the campus in 2012.
The Transitional schedule was modified to allow students to focus on one class each morning for six weeks and one class in the afternoon for each semester for a total of eight classes.
"Our consideration for closing the Transitional
School and reconstituting the students came about first as a financial consideration," explained Norris
"Cost per student has ranged from $10,276 to $13,657 per year.
The current Fiscal Year 2013 cost is projected at $13,342.
The average cost per student in Richmond County
Schools is $7,312.
Neither figure includes food service costs."
According to Norris
, the percentage of attendance at the Transitional School
has ranged from 84 percent to 88 percent over the past five years.
said this is below the district attendance rate of 94 percent and 95 percent, and is among the lowest.
said the school has not achieved above the 38.5 percentile on any test.
"During the 2011-2012 school year, the only state test was Algebra I," said Norris