BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - This past school year was tough for Bay District Schools but despite missing a month after Hurricane Michael, the district finished with an overall "B" grade from the state.
Superintendent of Bay District Schools Bill Husfelt said, "When you stop and look at it, we were two points away from being an "A" in the district so I'm, very, very proud of everyone."
"I was ecstatic, if we had not had a hurricane I still would've been pleased. But knowing what all of our students and teachers and staff and principals have been through this year, this was a wonderful day, we celebrated," said Camilla Hudson with Bay District Schools.
There were several overall "A" schools in the district, including Cherry Street Elementary, Surfside Middle School, Mosley High School, Tyndall Elementary, and Deane Bozeman School.
Both Tyndall and Mosley improved from "B" schools last year.
Brian Bullock, the Principal of Mosley High School said, "[I'm] very, very excited for our students and for our teachers and staff. It's something we've been shooting for these past couple of years and we finally got it."
As for Tyndall Elementary, which lost more than 500 students and half of its faculty, school staff says they attribute their success to those who continue to support the school.
Kimberly Kirkman, the Principal of Tyndall Elementary said, "The community of Tyndall, the teachers that have put in so much, our amazing students, and we've just really been there for each other and it's been a wonderful experience."
Superintendent Husfelt says keeping the morale up for students and staff is important to their continued success.
He said, "I think one of the reasons we were so successful this year is because students, without a doubt, knew how much we cared about them this year."
Here's the complete list of Bay District School grades:
Bay High School: B
Merrit Brown Middle School: C
Hutchison Beach Elementary School: B
Cedar Grove Elementary School: C
Callaway Elementary School: D
Merriam Cherry Street Elementary School: A
Lucille Moore Elementary School: C
Everitt Middle School: C
Hiland Park Elementary School: C
Jinks Middle School: D
Lynn Haven Elementary School: B
Oakland Terrace School for the Visual Aid and Performing Arts: D
Surfside Middle School: A
Parker Elementary School: C
Southport Elementary School: C
Waller Elementary School: C
West Bay Elementary School: B
Mowat Middle School: B
Rutherford High School: C
Deer Point Elementary School: C
Northside Elementary School: B
A. Crawford Mosley High School: A
Tyndall Elementary School: A
Tommy Smith Elementary School: B
Patronis Elementary School: A
Deane Bozeman School: A
J.R. Arnold High School: B
Breakfast Point Academy: A
Bay Haven Charter Academy: A
Bay Haven Charter Academy Middle School: A
North Bay Haven Charter Academy: A
North Bay Haven Charter Academy Elementary School: A
Palm Bay Preparatory Academy 6-12: C
Palm Bay Elementary School: C
Rising Leaders Academy: A
University Academy: A
Bay Virtual Franchise: A
Bay Virtual Instruction: B
For the complete list of grades, click the document attached to this article.
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