Welcome to Echols County Schools
We are a small, rural school system located in South Georgia. We are 18 miles east of Valdosta on Georgia Highway 94 (actually 12 miles east of Lake Park, Georgia and I-75 via Highway 376).
Echols County, bordering Florida on the south and the Okefenokee Swamp on the east, is 94 percent forest land and has no incorporated cities. Yet it is one of the fastest-growing counties in Georgia, experiencing a 61 percent population increase (from 2,334 to 3,734) between 1990 and 2000. The town of Statenville is home to Echols County Schools (ECS). ECS is one of the smallest school systems in Georgia and is unique in that it is the only school in the county. Seven hundred sixty students are enrolled in grades PreK-12, and all grades are housed on one campus. Echols County Schools is an excellent example of the blending of tradition and innovation. The main building stands as it was constructed in 1931 along with newer facilities including a classroom building which opened in 2003.
Echols County Schools has a proud tradition of excellence. A diverse student body, challenging academic experiences, extracurricular activities, and positive professional staff provide outstanding opportunities of for all Echols County children. Academic programs include gifted, EIP, college prep, technology/career prep, special education, and migrant education (ESOL). Technology and access to the Internet are available in all classrooms and five computer labs.
We have approximately 760 students in our school system. The average number of employees is usually around 110. The system is governed by an elected board of education of five members with an appointed superintendent. The annual budget has grown to almost 7 million dollars per year with approximately 25% of the funding coming from local sources and 75% coming from state and federal sources.
The school facility has a LAN (Local Area Network) and a WAN (Wide Area Network) installed and continually being up-graded. This computer technology system connects the school system operation and instructional delivery programs and allows our students access to the worldwide network via the Internet system. ECS high school science program boasts a 21st Century Model Classroom which contains all the latest in wireless technology and a 1:1 student/computer ratio. Additional wireless classrooms will be added. The system has invested millions of dollars to insure our students have the same learning opportunities as many larger school systems.
A systematic approach to school improvement was begun in 1997 and continues to involve each and every staff member in the process. We to see results of this school improvement effort in both student achievement and teacher/staff morale. Our goal is to have a "family" environment where students are our main focus, not only for their academic achievement, but also for their safety and development as learned, productive citizens.
Echols County Schools encourages parent involvement in each child's education. The school also receives strong support from the community through residents, local businesses, and community organizations.
Welcome to Echols County Schools!
To ensure that our students have access to quality educational opportunities and that our graduates become responsible, educated, productive citizens, the Echols County Board of Education will provide positive leadership and direction to the Echols County School System.
We will further provide the financial and human resources to ensure our schools have an effective, positive, safe, clean, and attractive learning environment.
The board will strive to recruit, employ and nurture dedicated, well-qualified, highly professional employees who share the vision of addressing the special needs of every child in our school system.
We will also diligently monitor the effectiveness of our educational programs consistent with state statutes, state board policies and local board policies.
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