An updated list of failing schools was released today. Five new schools were added to that list; Abbeville High School is one of them.
"This is a slap in the face when you look at that kind of data and we hate to be on a list like that but hey we're going to take it and we're going to go forward," said Lesa Knowles, Henry County Schools Superintendent.
Despite an increase in graduation rates, Abbeville High School students scored in the low 'D' level on standardized tests for the past three years... Landing it on the Alabama Department of Education's newest failing school list just released this morning.
"My first reaction, I was very hurt. I was a very hurt as an administrator at Abbeville High School but not just as an administrator, as a graduate at Abbeville High School. I know what the capabilities are of Abbeville High School," said Darryl Brooks, the principal of Abbeville High School.
He says administration and faculty have already had talks about ways to improve teaching methods and students' schedules but parents do have the option to transfer their child out of Abbeville High. Under the Accountability Act passed last year, parents may be eligible for a tax credit if they choose to transfer their child to a non-public school.
"Hopefully we don’t have any students that want to do that. We feel really good about the things going on at Abbeville High School. Like I said, we know there’s some areas we need to work on but we already have a plan,” said Knowles.
Henry County Schools will be sending out those letters to parents letting them know their options by the end of this month and a meeting for parents will be held very soon.
Carolyn Brewster is a multimedia journalist at WDHN News email her at Carolyn@WDHNcom