Florida Senator Keith Perry plans for back up if Hawthorne Middle/HS falls short of a "C"

Florida Senator Keith Perry plans for back up if Hawthorne Middle/HS falls short of a "C"

The potential closure of Hawthore Middle/High school has been a discussion over the past few months.

On April 12th, Florida Senator Keith Perry is sending a letter to the Florida school board about extending the deadline another year, in case the school doesn't make a "C" or better.

Because these results won't be available until June, Senator Perry is doing this to prepare for the worst case scenario.

Hawthorne Mayor Matt Surrency said the students, staff and teachers have been under immense amount of pressure but have been performing well.

"We are very optimistic about the way they perform and we are also optimistic that we won't even have to use this extension," Surrency said "It would be used just as a formality for planning purposes so teachers know they'll have a job here next year."

Senator Perry said the efforts to raise the grade has been a community effort. He said he's seen improvements and thinks Hawthorne will stay open, with or without the extension.

"The goal is educating kids and how we give them the best education and we've seen this investment by the principal, teachers, staff and the community," Perry said.

Perry said last year they had a 75% attendance record last year and this year its at 96%.

"Just getting the kids to stay in school has been a huge increase," he said.

Perry said the letter is being drafted and will be sent to the department of education.

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