News 12 at 6 o'clock, June 06, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Tubman Middle School has weathered its share of storms, and now there is a break in the clouds. "Tubman is a success story that we're very proud of," said Dr. Carol Rountree, testing director for Richmond County Schools.
After 8 years of failing to make the grade, and with state take-over looming, this year's test results are in. It is now a numbers game. "We might see some schools drop off the list such as Tubman that were initially on the list," said Dr. Rountree.
Tubman was initially on the list of those who passed, but the numbers changed and continue to change by the hour. "Until 11:30 it appeared they may have made it, but after that time we saw one calculation that shows they they would not," said Dr. Rountree.
What brought them so close? 75 percent of the school's staff is all new including a new principal. State superintendent Kathy Cox dropped in for a little encouragement, and don't forget the Paine College students that volunteered time to tutor kids.
"Hopefully at least 50 percent of the kids that we work with will say someone is taking the time out. They care for me. I want to go to school," said Robin Williams who is a student at the college.
Tubman is one of three middle schools including Glenn Hills and Morgan Road charting new territory this year.
"This is the first time in a long time which says that things have been in progress, and they are beginning to pay off," said Dr. Rountree.
As the results roll in at least one thing is certain...these Richmond County Middle Schools are so close that anything is possible. "Closer than ever before at least to the extent that we're hopeful that they will be successful," said Dr. Rountree.
State superintendent Kathy Cox has 5 amendments she's making to the state board that could sway in the school's favor. We should have results on that in the coming weeks. Nothing is final. We will continue to update this story throughout the month.