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The Candler County School System

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The Candler County School District is a small, rural school system located in southeast Georgia. Candler County is made up of the city of Metter and the town of Pulaski. Currently, there are four schools in Metter. Employing 369 faculty and staff, bus drivers, and central office staff, the school system is the largest employer in the county. Metter was founded in 1889 and incorporated in 1903 as a town in western Bulloch County. However, in 1906 Dr. Wallace Kennedy spearheaded a movement to create a new county with Metter as the county seat. The movement became reality in 1914 when Candler County was carved from parts of Bulloch, Emanuel and Tattnall counties and became Georgia 's 150th county. Metter re-incorporated as a city in 1920.
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The racial make-up of the system 's student population includes less than 1% Asian, 3% multi-racial, 18% Hispanic, 30% Black, and 48% White. All students in Candler County are eligible for breakfast and lunch at no cost. In addition, all schools are Title I Schoolwide Schools. There is a Mennonite Church School, with a little over 20 students attending, located in the geographic boundaries of Candler County and 27 students are home-schooled.
There are currently 137 certified teachers employed by the Candler County Charter School System (111 White, 23 Black, and 2 Hispanic) and 12 administrators (8 White and 4 Black). 100% of certified staff is currently and have been highly qualified since 2010. The 2015-2016 teacher retention rate was 87.5%, with 96% of teachers having 5 or more years of experience. The principal retention rate for 2015-2016 was 100%. At the end of the 2016-2017 school term, the intermediate school principal will be retiring. In response to stakeholder feedback, the board has decided to return to the elementary school model with a Prek-5 school next school year. Therefore, Candler will have one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school next school year.
One unique feature of the community is its location right off the interstate (I-16). The SPLOST funds generated from Candler County 's ideal location have been very beneficial to the school system. In 2014, ESPLOST was critical in creating the opportunity for MES, MIS, and MMS to move
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