Buford schools meets AYP eight years running

BUFORD -- A report Monday night confirmed what Buford City Schools officials suspected at last month's board meeting -- the system has met Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, eight years running.

During the regular monthly meeting, Superintendent Geye Hamby told board members and staff of the district's status in meeting the federal mandate.

"We had hoped it would come to fruition, and it has," said Hamby on Monday night. "It's a tremendous accomplishment."

Chairman Phillip Beard agreed.

"It shows it's something that can be done," Beard said. "It's been a real chore, but it's good to be a part of the elite group that's done it."

Hamby said it is indeed a difficult task.

"Every year, the guidelines become more stringent, and our folks have risen to the occasion once again," Hamby said.

Adequate Yearly Progress is a measurement defined by the U.S. No Child Left Behind Act that allows the U.S. Department of Education to determine the academic progress of public schools.

In other business at Monday night's regular meeting, Buford City Schools voted unanimously to approve asphalt resurfacing in the amount of $12,905, a sound system at Buford Elementary for $4,000 and the surplussing or selling of some outdated equipment.