When the grant was awarded in 2010, Jones County was the only school system in Georgia to be approved for the federal funds, which was expected to amount to $10 million over a five-year period.
Dr. Charlene Hampton was hired as the project director and said in an interview last week that federal cuts over the years have reduced the grant funds to closer to $7 million.
Greene and Upson counties were partners in the grant, and Hampton said the relationships with those counties have been wonderful.
The goals of the GEAR project were to increase the graduation rate, identify and encourage dropouts to re-enter school and graduate, prevent at-risk students from dropping out of school, and to ensure students successfully complete the ninth grade.
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