The Savannah Branch of the NAACP held their monthly Mass Meeting last Sunday at Tremont Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Betty Ellington, Savannah Branch NAACP Education Chairman expressed concerns associated with African American students not making the grade and being left behind in the school system.
Dr. Thomas Lockamy, Jr. Superintendent of the Savannah-Chatham County School Board delivered the State of the Education Address after the introduction of his administrative staff and board members. He also introduced and welcomed back Ann Levett as the new Chief Academic Officer. During his address, Lockamy acknowledged that the Savannah is in the top ten school district in technology. He noted that Woodville Tompkins Career and Technical High School now include grades 9-11 and is in the top four schools in the district.
Lockamy also acknowledged that Savannah High School has opened early college and the STEM program has been added to Bartow Academy with 500 students.
The new A. E Beach High School opened for the 2013-2014 school year with a Medical and Health facility. Two new local charter schools were opened this year, Classic Academy and Maritime Academy.
Lockamy recognized that there is still more work to be done to help the African American students make the grade and agreed to work together with the Savannah Branch NAACP to help get the students up to speed. “It does take the Village to raise the children”, Lockamy stated. After his address a brief question and answer session was held.
Bishop Willie Ferrell made a financial appeal. Savannah Branch NAACP President and County Commison Chairman Al Scott made final remarks including an appeal for new membership.