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Stewart Elementary makes
big academic gains
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From the August 2, 2017 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   In addition to the massive construction/renovation work currently going on at Stewart County schools, Dr. Valerie Roberts, superintendent, says she is very encouraged by the academic progress the system is making.
   "I think we have a great team of administrators in place (Assistant Superintendent/High School Principal Dr. Joseph Gardner, Middle School Principal Carolyn Hamilton, and Elementary School Principal Bari Geeslin) and we're making a lot of progress with good leadership," she said.
   Principal Geeslin recently gave The Journal a review of some of the changes that have led to academic progress at the elementary school level.
   Last year they implemented a new "Benchmark Literacy" program for Pre-K through fifth grade and by the end of the year it had already led to some pretty phenomenal results.
   "At the beginning of last year we had 79 students (grades 1-5) who tested below basic level and by the end of the year that number had dropped all the way to ... The rest of the story.