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October 31--  The two elementary schools in the Toombs County school system have the best performance ratings this year among elementary schools in the immediate area.

Toombs Central Elementary has a performance rating of 82.5 which is five points higher than the state average while Lyons Upper Elementary School improved its rating more than eleven points over last year for a 75.1 rating.

Toombs Central Principal Tonawanda Irie says the school is maintaining the standard it set last year," Once again it's just consistency of practice, great community support and support from our county office.We just continue the course.  We look at the data, we make adjustments and we just keep moving forward. Regardless of the kids who walk through those doors, we stay the course.  We've maintained a "B" for many years and we're very proud of that."

At Lyons Upper Elementary, Principal Tabitha Nobles credits the school's rebound to a combination of hard work and prayer, "There are kids who need us and kids who have deficits that we want to address.  We want to help the whole child and put it in God's hands.  We all pull together, analyze the data and see what our students need moving forward.  One thing we all agreed on was that we would continue to give our students the best and hand those results over to God.  Our big push here is to pray daily that God is going to guide us with what our students need.  We really believe that the big difference is that we've handed it over and we're really blessed."

Primary schools in both Toombs and Vidalia saw significant improvements in their ratings this year and there's more to come on that in a future report.