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In 2010, a year after Andrea Pastchal-Smith became principal of West Elementary School, formerly named West Oktibbeha County Elementary, the struggling school earned an “Academic Watch” rating from the state. At the time, that was equivalent to a D on the state’s A-F rating scale (which has been modified in recent years).
Things are different now: Earlier this year the school received an A rating on the state’s new accountability scale, according to The Hechinger Report.