AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Augusta city leaders packed a downtown boardroom this morning with one thing in mind-educating children.
"Our schools are a part of a community. We all must work together to support our children," said Superintendent Angela Pringle.
That was the resounding theme this morning as Augusta commissioners met at the school board to receive an update on education in Richmond County.
Superintendent Angela Pringle told the group 23 of the district's 56 schools are excelling with increased funding for gifted programs, internship opportunities through local businesses, and more summer enrichment programs.
But, for the 33 schools listed as struggling, Pringle says that's where she needs the community to step in.
"Children have the ability to learn anything we teach them. But, all of the external pieces is what we need support with from our commissioners, our community, our business partners," said Pringle.
Pringle said those external pieces include poor peer-to-peer relationships, "Our children have to be taught to solve problems without fighting one another."
She said other issues include low parental involvement, a lack of access to early childhood education, and moving several times throughout the school year.
Pringle said there are nearly 300 homeless students listed in the system.
"That's something that's impacting our day to day learning environment," said Pringle.
Commissioners said starting with programming through the recreation and parks department, they are willing to do what it takes to support the growth of Richmond County's students.
"It definitely takes a village to raise a child. That still is true today," said Commissioner Ben Hasan.
Commissioners say they hope to meet with school leaders every quarter to get updates, and contribute feedback where they can.