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October 30--  The Montgomery County Middle and High Schools are leading the area in performance according to the Georgia Department of Education.

The Middle School is number one in the Heart of Georgia region with a performance rating of 85.4 which is 13 points better than the state average and more than nine points higher than last year.

The High School shows a ten point improvement over last year.  Its 78.8 performance rating exceeds the state average and is the highest of any high school in the immediate area.

Dr. Scott Barrow is the principal of both the middle and high school, "This is my fourth year here and we've been very fortunate to get some very good quality teachers and we've got a really good staff right now that is doing a great job building relationships and have a standards-based classroom.  The staff and students have bought in to what we're trying to do and I could not be any more proud."

This is the second consecutive year the Montgomery County Middle and High School have exceeded the performance of other area schools and Dr. Barrow says that's a point of pride.

"Montgomery County can be proud and this general area can be proud of what our students are accomplishing.  I've told my students and staff I want them to be able to put on that Montgomery County Eagle pride gear and feel comfortable wearing it anywhere, not just in Mount Vernon.  If they go to another town, they need to be able to wear it proudly, not in a boastful way, but just in a proud way.  Our social media hashtag is #EaglePride and everything we do, we try to represent that, whether we're home or away so to speak," Dr. Barrow said.

While Montgomery County Elementary School is still seven points below the state average of 77.1, the school has improved by nearly eleven points over last year.