At the July 16 work session of the Elbert County Board of Education, Superintendent Chuck Bell reported that Elbert County Middle School (ECMS) has been moved off of the state's Focus Schools list. Mr. Bell offered congratulations to the school's educational team and Board members and others broke into applause.
In 2012, the Georgia Department of Education placed the middle school on the Focus List. The school was required to stay on the list for a minimum of three years. During that time the goal was to close the achievement gap between the highest and lowest performing student subgroups by 25%.
ECMS Principal Jon Jarvis attributes the successes of his school to the hard work of the students and staff, and the support of the entire school community.