This was the consensus of members of the Clayton County legislative delegation who attended a recent address at the academy by Georgia School Superintendent John Barge, Ed.D.
Barge visited the school recently after it was named one of 14 Schools of Excellence in Georgia for 2012.
Clayton delegation chairwoman, District 44 State Sen. Gail Davenport, D-Jonesboro, District 34 State Sen. Valencia Seay, D-Riverdale, District 76 State Rep. Sandra Scott, D-Rex and District 75 State Rep. Mike Glanton, D-Jonesboro, witnessed the superintendent’s address to an assembly of Elite Scholars Academy students, teachers and administrators.
Davenport said her legislative emphasis has always been on education, as she has consistently pushed for it to be fully funded in state budgets.
“Over the past decades, Georgia governors have cut education,” she said. “However, I believe one of the reasons Dr. Barge is running for governor is he wants education funding to be fully restored.”
Davenport described the academy student body as having some of the “best and brightest” students.
“I am very proud of this school and its achievement but I am just as proud of each public school in Clayton County because our teachers are challenging our students to not only set greater academic goals but work to meet those goals,” she said.
Seay said the news media does not adequately cover the academic gains made by Clayton County students.
“Not only am I the mother of Clayton County Public School graduates, all of whom are doing well in their chosen career fields, but the grandmother of a current Clayton public school student,’ she said.
“I firmly believe in our school system and know we have gifted students throughout this school district.”
Scott called Barge’s visit a “great day” in Clayton County because the academy’s achievement reaffirms Clayton public school teachers are “still teaching their students to learn throughout the school district.”
“I hope this Elite Scholars Academy academic achievement will manifest itself and produce the same level of such achievement throughout Clayton County Public Schools,” she said.
Scott said at the close of this school year, she hopes to see more Clayton schools reach similar levels of academic success as did the academy.
“Our kids are eager to learn and possess a vast storage of knowledge,” she said.
“It makes me feel good that our students know they can excel and I am confident we can look for great academic gains not only at Elite Scholars Academy but throughout the entire school district.”
Glanton echoed his fellow lawmakers, saying the award is a testament that great things are happening throughout the Clayton school district.
“I am proud of these students, teachers and administrators and it shows we are all working together, collectively and collaboratively, to ensure the future of these children remain bright,” Glanton said.