Baker County High School made history last week by garnering its highest grade from the Florida Department of Education since the state began grading the school 13 years ago.
Superintendent of Schools Sherrie Raulerson convened teachers, faculty and students in the BCHS gym the morning of January 4 to make the announcement.
She addressed them with school principal Tom Hill alongside balloons, a large foam letter “B,” signifying the school’s new grade; all while the speakers pumped Kool and the Gang’s “Celebrate Good Times.”
“It’s the first time for Baker County High School, so of course, we’re thrilled,” Ms. Raulerson said later that day.
The new grade has been pending for months and Mr. Hill was confident his school would shake its “D” grade.
He just wasn’t sure how high it would go.His optimism came from the school’s 4 percent jump in graduation and improved FCAT performance, which makes up half the state’s formula for grading high schools.