New Perry Central Principal wants to increase test scores

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Several changes are taking place at Perry County Central High School this year as their new principal works to raise test scores and see more students college and career ready.

The school had been classified as persistently low achieving, and the Kentucky Board of Education called for the removal of former principal Estill Neace earlier this year.

New principal Neal Feltner says he is putting all that behind him and moving forward.

"I want at least 50% of those seniors that walk across the stage in May to be college ready," said principal Feltner.

Posters line the hallways of the school reminding students how high the expectations are.

Due to low ACT and test scores, new principal Feltner is adding Math labs and Language Arts labs as well as implementing some stricter policies.

"By creating these labs in addition to their senior Math class, it helps strengthen some of the weaknesses that we have in the past," said principal Feltner.

The principal also took away the 15 minute break at school and wants the hallways empty during class time.

"The biggest thing I can see is a change in the culture and a change in the mindset. You can hear it even in the conversations the students are having in the hallway," said Crystal Cox who is one of the three members of the state recovery team who are helping guide the school in the right direction.

"The way the teachers are teaching, and the way the students are buying in and accepting what they are being asked to do, the scores will go up," said principal Feltner.

The state recovery team is expected to stay at the school for three years.

Principal Feltner said he is pleased with the progress so far.

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