JENNINGS, Mo. - NewsChannel 5 learned children in the failing Jennings School District will walk into an accredited school next week for the first time in five years.
The state is giving Jennings accreditation.
The state measures accreditation by attendance, test scores, graduation rates and college career readiness. Schools must meet 70 percent across the board. We've learned the Jennings School District got 76 percent, and it took only two years to get there.
"You have transient students, crime, poverty, you have teachers not performing, and they're not being replaced. You have overstaffing, positions you don't need. We didn't have leadership with vision, experience or compassion and honesty," School Board President Terry Wilson said.
He said the district hired Tiffany Anderson, PhD two years ago to be the new superintendent. She was a product of poor schools.
"She's seen a district go from failing and bringing them up to where they should be," Wilson said. He said she taught children they could still learn in a failing district, and they did.
Sources tell NewsChannel 5, the Department of Education will release the news about Jennings accreditation on August 28, but Wilson wouldn't confirm the status. The Department hasn't released the results publicly.
"My vision is that the Jennings School District the world thinks didn't have a chance, can become accredited with distinction, "said Wilson He said it proves Jennings failures was not final.