Perdue comes to Crisp County
Governor recognizes scholastic achievement at CCHS
By GABE JORDAN
CORDELE — Governor Sonny Perdue and State School Superintendent Kathy Cox visited Crisp County High School Thursday for a pep rally where Perdue announced CCHS as a winner in his 2008 Governor’s Cup challenge.
Perdue has awarded the Governor’s Cup since 2003 as part of an effort to raise scores statewide on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Crisp County High’s recognition came as a result of it being the most improved on its SAT scores for the Georgia High School Association’s AAA regional classification.
Perdue and Cox compared the Governor’s Cup recognition to trophies awarded to schools for athletic success. Perdue noted that students should receive as much recognition for success in the classroom as on the athletic fields.
“We’re here to celebrate academic achievement in Crisp County. Students who graduate from Crisp County High School won’t compete for jobs with young people from Sumter County or Turner County; they’re going to be competing for jobs with young people from China and India and other people all across the world as we continue to transition into a global marketplace,” Perdue said after the pep rally.
“Nothing’s more important than education in Georgia, and our goal has been to improve student achievement across the state from top to bottom,” Perdue said, adding that the statewide graduation rate has risen from 62 percent when he took office to 75 percent for the past academic year.
Perdue told reporters after the pep rally that high educational standards translate into broader economic horizons for communities.
“Education and economic development are intricately linked not just in Georgia but everywhere. Education is really the best way to give families a better hope for the future,” Perdue said. “These are uncertain economic times we’re in, and I’m reminded by what my grandmother used to say, ‘If you ain’t got it, don’t spend it’. None of us like to see revenues down... that’s why we can’t let up when it comes to education.”
Crisp County School Superintendent Judy Bean said Perdue and Cox’s recognition of the high school is proof that students not just at the high school but at all the system’s schools are getting a quality education, noting that J.S. Pate Elementary School has been recognized nationally as a Title I distinguished school and other schools have their own bragging rights.
“Academic success is building it’s way up all the way from our pre-school programs through the high school,” Bean said. “Academically we’re sound in Crisp County.”
In addition to the presentation of a huge trophy to Bean and CCHS Principal Toriano Gilbert, junior and seniors at the high school were given T-shirts noting their achievement and the school was given a $2,000 grant for SAT preparation materials.
Perdue and Cox also recognized four other schools in the state for their SAT success: Towns County High School (Class A), Model High School (Class AA), Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School (Class AAAA), and the Savannah Arts Academy (Class AAAAA).