South Forrest Attendance Center recognized for student growth

FORREST COUNTY (WDAM) - When Kelly Lambert walks the halls of South Forrest Attendance Center, he doesn't see black or white, poor or rich, he sees potential.

"There's no reason this school can't be the best school in the state as well as the nation," said Lambert.

South Forrest is a title one state school, meaning the majority of students come from a home that is considered economically disadvantaged. But this year, the school joined only 58 others in the country in bridging the achievement gap among student populations.

"It's not about the letter, it's not about the trophies, it's about kids growing," said Lambert. "Whenever we grow kids, and get recognized for being one of the best schools in the state state for growing kids, that's what we're here to do."

Two years ago, South Forrest went from a high-performing district down to D-graded district. They are now a C, and continuing to see positive movement.

"We always inspect, so we're in the classrooms a lot, helping the teachers, conferencing with them, get them the resources that they need," Said Superintendent Brian Freeman. "All the credit goes to the teachers and the ability to reach the students and bring those students forward."

Freeman oversees six schools in the Forest County District, each with different types of students, teachers and backgrounds, but all are seeing a positive growth.

"You know, all students can grow. We've seen growth at all of our schools," said Freeman. "We're just going to continue to do the things that we do right, and that is teamwork, that's family, and continue to raise the bar."