Guilford County's State Of The Schools

6:20 PM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, N.C. - From a multi-million dollar grant to a successful reading program, WFMY News 2 launched, The Guilford County School District has a lot to celebrate.

Superintendent Mo Green says the "State of the Schools" is about what the district has accomplished, and where it needs to go. The annual event takes place Thursday night at the Carolina Theater.

The district's number one goal is to improve literacy. WFMY News 2 is helping students reach that goal through our "Read To Succeed" Program. WFMY News 2's Good Morning Show team visits elementary schools every week to get children pumped about reading.

Right now, about 68 percent of students in grades three through eight are proficient in reading. Yet, administrators still want to do better.

Making classes tougher and preparing students better for college is another goal. This school year, the district had the lowest dropout rate among the state's big school districts.

Integrating technology into schools is another goal. The district won a $30 million dollar federal grant to help that goal become a reality.

However, there are still roadblocks, like budget cuts.

Since 2009, state lawmakers have cut $38 million from the district. Some buildings are more than 100 years old. Making all the upgrades and repairs would cost more than one billion dollars. The district is about to launch a ten-year improvement plan to attack the issue.

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