History of JHC Butler Elementary
JHC Butler Elementary is a great school with a wonderful heritage. Originally, the school was named Cloverdale Elementary in celebration of its historic location. Dedicated on May 5, 1963, the school was renamed for educator and community leader James Henry Coy Butler. Dedication to academic excellence continued for over 50 years despite the deterioration and limitations of the original facility which was built to serve only 400 students. Over the years, the extended use of portables became necessary to accommodate the growing population of students which more than doubled the size of the school.
In 1998, the Micro-Community program, which later evolved into the MicroSociety as a school-wide reform strategy and then magnet model, was established at the school. The goal of the model was to enable students to apply real-life skills in the classroom. In 2009, as a part of the school district’s Passport to Excellence, Butler was designated a neighborhood school.
On June 4, 2010, Groundbreaking Ceremonies were held for the construction of a new school. The original building was demolished during the summer, and classes for the 2010-2011 school term were held in modulars and portables in back of the campus as the new building was constructed in front.
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, and the new school was opened for the 2011-2012 school term.
The new Butler Elementary is a total of 85,906 square feet that includes 70,773 square feet of new construction, while 15,133 square feet is renovated. The school includes 38 standard Pre-K through 5th grade classrooms, a media center, music classroom, art classroom, computer/technology lab, gymnasium and cafeteria. Work continues to improve facilities to better meet student needs.
School enrollment, which decreased from 811 students two years ago to 638 students after district attendance zone changes, has risen to 700 students. Butler is “Accredited with Quality” by the Georgia Accrediting Commission, Inc., and is a Title I Distinguished School which has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for seven consecutive years. With the demise of “No Child Left Behind” and AYP no longer in place, Butler has been rated as being “In Good Standing.” Having met the requirements for Race to the Top and the new College and Career Ready Performance Index,Butler is now a High Progress Reward School.
Results from the CRCT 3-year trend data have shown significant increases in reading, language arts, and mathematics. Improved results from other assessments including GKIDS, ITBS, SRI and writing are also noted.
The major strengths of JHC Butler Elementary are an experienced highly-qualified staff, wonderful students, supportive parents, new school building, excellent technology, quality Title I services, and other resources. Above all, there is the belief in the potential of each student and the unwavering drive to ensure that each student meets or exceeds standards.
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