COLUMBIA — Eight schools statewide including one in Richland County improved enough in the 2011-2012 school year to be removed from a list of the state's worst-performing schools for the upcoming school year, according to the S.C. Department of Education.
W.A. Perry Middle School's performance rating used by the state to determine the quality of schools improved enough to be removed from the Palmetto Priority program.
The school is one of three Richland 1 schools in the Palmetto Priority program -- which started as an alternative to the state taking over failing schools. Schools in the program receive help from review panels and additional financial support, said Jay Ragley, state education department spokesman.
Richland 1's Heyward Gibbes and C.A. Johnson High School remain on the list.
No other schools in Richland or Lexington counties are in the program.
W.A. Perry's removal from the Palmetto Priority program, based on its 2011-2012 performance, takes effect for the 2013-2014 school year.
In the 2012-2013 school year, 28 public schools were Palmetto Priority.
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