Peach County teachers and administrators were busy Monday prepping for the start of classes Friday. But for some school personnnel, that prep work didn’t just start this week.
Byron Middle School Principal Jeff Bell said he didn’t take a vacation this summer. Instead, his summer break was spent analyzing data to help his teachers understand how to help students be successful.
“We’re trying to refine what we do with (the data) so we get to all of the students,” he said.
Kristie Hill, a special education teacher at Byron Middle, said she spent part of her summer at a conference at St. Simon’s Island.
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“We attend seminars to get rejuvenated,” Hill said via phone Monday. Teachers reported back to school Monday and were in meetings most of the day.
Members of the leadership staff at Byron Middle were planning to present the new practices for learning success to the teachers that afternoon, Bell said.
A new program, purchased with Title I funds, will give students the opportunity to type information into a Neo2 keyboard that will transfer the information to the teacher.
Byron Middle has 405 students, with 29 teachers and 20 staff members.
Meanwhile, two Peach County schools have 44 Pre-K slots for the 2014-15 school year, according to the district’s website. Hunt Elementary School and Kay Road Elementary School each have 22 spots available.
On the administrative front, there have been no changes in school principal assignments in Peach County, but the system does have a new superintendent in Daryl Fineran.
Open houses for Peach County schools will be held Thursday.
Houston County schools started the year a week earlier when students went back July 31.