Letters to the Editor

Battery Creek's progress brighter than portrayed

I am a proud teacher, as well as the testing coordinator, at Battery Creek High School.

Superintendent Valerie Truesdale, chief instructional services officer Sean Alford and Principal Ed Burnes have been responsible for academic achievements that, given Battery Creek's demographics, are unbelievable.

For two of the past three years, the school has had the second best Adequate Yearly Progress percentage in Beaufort County, even though its percentage of students on free and reduced lunches is much higher than any other school, and the percentage of special education students is significantly higher than at any other Beaufort County School District high school.

For two of the past four years, Battery Creek has had the second-highest graduation rate in the district.

The Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps consistently has scored in the top five programs in the eastern United States.

We are definitely making progress, as evidenced by our exit exam proficiency increases, but we are still not satisfied overall. Our students' greatest challenges are in math and reading, but we are working diligently to improve students' abilities in these areas.

If you really want to influence a child's education, encourage the child to read at least 20 minutes every day. Be an advocate for constructive change. Don't be a CAVE (comment against virtually everything) person. Volunteer in your neighborhood school or come see what learning is taking place at what we affectionately call "The Creek: Where Dolphins Make a Wave Every Day." We solicit your involvement.

Ken Hoffman Beaufort