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May 14--  A community outreach survey conducted in Montgomery County by the Georgia School Boards Assocation (GSBA) concludes that most people think the school system is performing well in spite of the bickering between two factions in the county.

{mosimage}Laura Reilly (left) from the GSBA conducted the survey and briefed the county school board on the results.

"There's overriding support for what's going on in the classroom in Montgomery County.  The people believe the kids here are good and this is a good school system.  They want to move beyond the controversies which have been in the community the past few years," she said.

In addition to an online survey, Reilly met with more than 70 people in six focus groups and said she heard one term from all of them.

"The term Hatfield and McCoys came from all the focus groups, that is not my phrase.  What you're talking about is not limiting the communications to the Hatfields and the McCoys.  You want everybody involved in the communication and in the process and in giving input.  I think what you've had in the past few years is just hearing from the squeaky wheels.  We want to get rid of just hearing from the squeaky wheels and hear from everyone," she reported.

One group which refused to meet with Ms. Reilly was "Kids First Montgomery" led by Adrian Bell of Uvalda which has been the most vocal critic of the school board.

"Reverend Bell said he felt like the process was not neutral enough.  He felt like GSBA was not a neutral organization even though I tried to convince him that I wouldn't have know him on sight and I don't know anyone here, but he had some strong feelings about that.  I did encourage him and his constituents to take the online survey and I'm sure some of them did because some of their voices did come out in the survey," she said.

The online survey garnered input from 268 people.  Reilly said open-ended comments revealed a 50-50 split in support for the school board with the 50% against wanting a new school board and superintendent.

She recommended in the future that the behavior of adults be improved, that emphasis be placed on the positives and that the waters be calmed to resolve the governance issues raised by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools which placed the school system on probation last year. 

Also at the meeting, Superintendent Randy Rodgers reported standardized test results with 100% of sixth graders passing the reading test and 84% of the seventh graders passing the math test.

The school board also okayed the spending of $179,700 on various maintenance and renovation projects this summer in the schools.