Learning Center students show improvement

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

Many of the students at the Learning Center, West Point Consolidated School District’s alternative school, will potentially return to their home schools.

Learning Center Director Steve Parker said during last night’s WPCSD Board of Trustees meeting 25 students are currently enrolled at the Learning Center, and the school year started out with 21 students.

“Eighteen of those, if discipline and improvements hold, will have the opportunity to return to their home schools at the start of the second 9 weeks,” Parker said.

There was an uptick in state test scores during last school year.

Two students scored proficient on one state test and one student scored proficient on two state tests.

“To be honest, we deal with a lot of behavior problems, and in the past those test scores just weren’t there,” Parker said. “This give me and our teachers validity about what we’re teaching and how we’re teaching it.”

During the meeting, the board unanimously accepted a donation of $5,000 from Southern Ionics for the West Point High School football program.

The board also unanimously approved out-of-state travel requests for 13 WPHS students and two chaperones to travel to the Memphis Zoo on Oct. 19; 90 Fifth Street students and 10 chaperones to travel to the MLK Museum, Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta on March 2; and 50 students and 10 chaperones to travel to Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga on March 2.