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Otwell Middle recognized as top-performing Title I school in Georgia

A Forsyth County middle school has been recognized this week at the state level as a top-performing institution with Title I status.

According to a news release by Forsyth County Schools, Otwell Middle School has been named one of the top-performing Title I schools in Georgia by State School Superintendent Richard Woods.

Otwell and 83 other schools were recognized by the state for being in the top 5 percent of Title I programs, based on CCRPI scores released earlier this year.

In the release, Woods cited the importance of going beyond identifying schools in need and recognizing schools that have done well, thanking and congratulating the staff, students and parents of the recognized schools.  

Otwell principal Steve Miller said that his staff was excited and proud of the recognition. Miller said that over the last year the entire school has worked tirelessly to identify students in need of help and get them the help they need.

“Needless to say, we are very excited,” Miller said. “But just because we are here doesn’t mean we get to rest on our laurels.”

The school system release also stated that as one of the 2018 Title I Distinguished School, Otwell is also a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a Georgia School of Excellence.

"We congratulate the staff at Otwell [Middle School] for their commitment in meeting the needs of all students and their continued improvement, achieved with a strong school-home-community partnership," Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Jeff Bearden stated in the release.