"It's like closing on a house," Campbell said.
"We were able to do a great bond issue for this system," Funderburk said.
The bond market took a turn for the worse in the last few months of 2013, Funderburk said, and school officials were expecting between
"With the bond market move last year, we got really concerned," said school board member
Also during the meeting, Kitty Stone Principal
Hamilton said the school's attendance rates are up and that fewer students have been reported to the office for discipline this year. She credited some of the success to a new program the faculty uses to recognize and reward students who have good conduct reports and attendance rates.
"We want to recognize these kids in a positive manner," Hamilton said.
With ACT scores on par with, or above, national rates, Carter said the numbers indicate
"They were doing it right before I got here," said Carter, who is in his first year at the school. "Jacksonville has just always gone above and beyond the minimum standards that the state puts out."
Carter's report also said the high school's 2013 graduation rate was 90 percent, up 5 percentage points from 2012. This year's graduating class includes 107 students.
Campbell said there is a link between the gains being made at the elementary and high schools.
"It's all interconnected," Campbell said. "They don't get to the level of having a 23 ACT score unless they've got the foundation at the elementary school."
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