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Eric Bidwell

David Adlerstein
Published: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 02:35 PM.

The 2013-14 school year for the Franklin County Schools was, as they say, a rebuilding year.

Eric Bidwell began his first full year as principal, with Kris Bray as his second, and Eddie Joseph and Al London his lieutenants.

Bidwell said numbers were at 932, up by 47 from the 885 students who finished last year. Apalachicola Bay Charter School Chimene Johnson also saw an increase at the charter school, up by 40 new students to an enrollment of 350 in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade.

With the closure at the end of last year of the Learning Academy, which addressed credit recovery for students who had fallen behind in their work, those teachers were moved to the main campus to assume new teaching assignments.

The Apalachicola Bay Charter School swam against the statewide current, as it posted its second consecutive A grade, and fourth in the last five years.

The grade for the kindergarten through eighth grade school was achieved even as the number of A schools throughout the state dropped sharply, from 1,242 in 2012 to 760 this past year. The number of A schools went from being 48 percent of the total number of schools, to 29 percent, a decline of nearly 20 percentage points.

“We were extremely proud that we maintained the A status and A ranking,” said Johnson. “I feel like it comes from the support of our volunteer board of directors, our students, our staff, our parents, who all focus on the mission of our school, to reach the child’s social and academic potential.

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