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Spring Hill finds recipe for success

Exemplary
Oct. 09, 2011 @ 12:15 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Drugs, prostitution, robberies, shootings and stabbings are all part of the neighborhood around Spring Hill Elementary.

A majority of the students come from families that are of low socioeconomic status, about half are minority and a large percent come from single-parent households or are being raised by grandparents.

With all that, it seems like achieving even mediocrity would be considered a victory.

"You hear about their home life and are amazed they even make it to school," said Title I reading specialist Margaret Barbour, who is in her second year at Spring Hill.

Despite the tough circumstances in the lives of many of the 503 students at the Huntington school, they are thriving academically.

The Title I school met Adequate Yearly Progress for three straight years, earning the title of Exemplary School from the West Virginia Department of Education in 2010.

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