The Whitesville Road administrative team surprised the staff at their November faculty meeting with the news that WRES received the second highest CCRPI score in the Troup County School System, with a score of 80 out of 100. Faculty meetings at WRE usually start out with a few drawings for door prizes. However, instead of pulling out a name for the drawing, what appeared to be random numbers were pulled and read from a slip paper—55...69...80...11...13...24, and the song Good Feeling began playing. Students danced into Media Center holding signs with those same numbers. The administrative team then shared that they had a “good feeling” about the significance of the numbers on each sign. The numbers represented an 11-point gain on the CCRPI, increasing the school’s score from a 69 to 80. There were cheers, applause and even tears. Karen Miller, a 3rd grade math teacher said, “The announcement literally brought tears to my eyes. I have been here for 20 years, from the beginning when we were always at the bottom and no one expected anything different. Such an exciting time!”
Last year, WRES had 13-point gain, increasing their CCRPI score from 55 to 69. In two years, the gains made have almost doubled with an increase of 24 percentage points. Although the CCRPI news had been officially released earlier that same day, the staff members were unaware of the news so it was truly a surprise to them.
Cake was served at the faculty meeting to celebrate the occasion and the following day the faculty and staff were treated to grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch. The burgers and hotdogs were compliments of an anonymous donor and grilled by Mr. Lonnie Thornton, WRES’s 2018-19 Teacher of the Year.