Holmes County high school grades are in

Holmes County District School Board
Cecilia Spears
Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 02:48 PM.

HOLMES COUNTY — School grades were recently released by the Florida Department of Education for the high school levels. For Holmes County all grades remained consistent except for Ponce de Leon High School, which elevated from a D school to a C school.

“We’ve improved by 250 points from the previous year but we still have a long way to go,” said Principal of Ponce de Leon High School Buddy Brown. “In student performance we’ve seen in increase from 22 percent to almost 60 percent, but what some fail to realize is that 70 percent or more of our students are below the poverty level. Our economy is a prime example as we are trying to get recognized as an area of economic concern.”

Brown said that they are in the process of applying for a grant for additional funding.

“This funding is for remedial education during the summer, projectors, computers and any additional equipment required to continue improvements.”

He explained that because of this grade increase the school would receive A+ Recognition funding, which will be dispersed by the teachers to further their goals of increasing education standards.

“My hopes are that next year we will be a B school,” said Brown. “We aren’t looking for a tremendous grade increase that would inevitably decline the next year. We’re looking for steady improvement that will be maintained long-term.”

Ponce de Leon High School increased from a D school to a C school, which was previously dropped from a C grade in 2011.

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