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Community rallies around D school

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Updated: 5/23/2013 11:42 pm

ORANGE PARK, Fla.-- A local community isn't waiting to take action to fix a D school in Clay County.

Parents are demanding help from their leaders to put students back on track. Yumar Young's daughter is in 4th grade at Grove Park Elementary.

"It's a big concern," said Young.

He's not the only one who thinks so. The school's grade has gone down in the last several years and is now the only D school in the county. It's in Mayor Jim Renninger's town.

"It has a big impact on the future. When families want to move to Orange Park, they look at school. It's one of the primary reasons for selecting a home," said Renninger.

That's why he's pushing for his community to rally behind the school and raise the grade. "We've reached out to the school system and we want to provide all the resources they need," said Renninger.

Already this year, several town leaders have been mentoring in the schools and the mayor says they have a community center ready to help. We went to the school board to find out what's being done to raise the grade. "We've had reading coaches, math coaches and put in the resources," said Carol Studdard.

School district leaders tell Action News local churches have also been working with students.

It's all good news to one father, who agrees with the mayor, something needs to be done. "I'm hopeful, but we'll see when the grades come out. Hopeful, but it's tough to raise a D school to a status," said Renninger. "It's a D school. How can you fix the problems if there is not going to have the resources to fix the problem," said Young.

The grades for this school will be coming out in June. School leaders do admit it might take some time to raise that grade up from a D.

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