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May 16, 2014

Candidate profile, Moore: Spending, test scores indicative of record

— Murray County Schools used to be synonymous with school bullying, said Robbie Moore. But now he says he’s hoping it’s becoming known for its positive test scores and he wants to make sure it stays that way.

Moore, who is running for re-election for the District 5 seat on the Murray County Board of Education, faces Frank Loyd in Tuesday’s Republican primary. The district includes the downtown Chatsworth area, but residents county-wide can vote in the election. No Democrats qualified.

“We’ve accomplished a lot in the last four years,” Moore said. “But it’s a continuous effort. And I want to continue. I could easily say I’ve given my time. I could let someone else take over. But I want to be there to keep the momentum going.”

Moore says he is excited about the idea of returning two furlough days to staff and teachers who are currently on six furlough days a year. Furloughs were put in place during the recession when state funding got tight. The two returned days are expected to be approved Monday night at a school board meeting, Moore said.

“We are doing so well with our budget and funding,” he said. “And that shows it.”

Moore said board members and Superintendent Vickie Reed have seen their leadership working best through the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The state accountability system rates the success of schools on a scale of 0 to 100 by crunching data including test scores, graduation rates and how well different groups of students — including the disabled and impoverished — are preparing for college.

Murray elementary schools received an average score of 79.2 for 2013, above the state average of 77.8. For middle schools, Murray averaged 77.4, while the state average was 74.6. North Murray High School received a score of 78.2 and Murray County High School received a 83.2. The state high school average was 72.8.

“We are top,” Moore said. “We sure are.”

And as test scores go up, he added, bullying seems to be going down. Board members voted to put in place several security measures last year, including hiring more school resource officers, and added an anonymous tip line.

“I do think the bullying issue is behind us,” Moore said.

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