Effingham Gateway Academy closing in December

EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - On Thursday August 12, the Effingham Gateway Academy Board voted to end their program on December 31, 2010. The board says their decision was based on low enrollment, the depth of remediation required for some students and resource allocation during the economic downturn faced by both Savannah Techinical College and the Effingham Board of Education.

The Gateway to College Charter School Program was a joint effort between Savannah Tech and the Effingham County School Board. It was created to help struggling students.

Students were told in person on August 26 and letters were sent to their parents/guardians.

The closing of Effingham Gateway Academy affects 17 students.

"We feel that there are some other opportunities for students that will be just as helpful," said Effingham County School Superintendent Randy Shearouse in a news release. "Every student will receive some individual guidance to help them make decisions about their future."

Each student will meet with counselors on August 30 and August 31 to form an individualized plan and discuss options.

Five students will be graduating in December. Four others will be able to partipate in the Move On When Ready program created by House Bill 149, which is a statewide initiative that allows an entering eleventh grade or twelfth grade student to all of their courses at a college or university to earn both high school and transferable college credit.

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