A rural Florida school district has one year to turn around a school that’s struggled academically for much of the past two decades.
If it doesn’t improve during the upcoming school year, Hamilton County High School could be one of the first schools affected by a new state law that ratchets up the pressure on low-performing schools.
But district Superintendent Rex Mitchell may have another idea. According to the Suwanee Democrat, he wants to consider merging the long-struggling high school with a newly constituted elementary school.
Last month, Mitchell told the state Board of Education the district has combined its three elementary schools onto a single campus.
Merging the high school with the just-merged elementary schools could reset its turnaround timeline. Or so officials hope.