Mission: In its pursuit of educational excellence, the Tift County School System will provide learning opportunities for all students, will accommodate the needs of all students, will challenge all students to use their innate abilities, and will assist all students to live responsible, productive, and meaningful lives. All students can achieve in school. All students will have an opportunity for an appropriate education. All students have a right to a safe and drug free environment. Education is the shared responsibility of the student, the home, the educators, and the community. Reading is the foundation of learning. Education is a lifelong process. Learning is directly related to the quality of teaching. Schools must prepare students to live productively in a rapidly changing society and world. Public education is the cornerstone of our democratic society. Teaching is the cornerstone of all other professions. Educators will have the resources needed to fulfill their mission. Adequate facilities will be provided to ensure the best teaming environment for students. The Board of Education must ensure that the school system is providing the best educational opportunities for all of its students. Actions of the Board of Education should be in concert with the values of the community. Local control is an essential element in the governance of public education. Commitment to and participation in public education by all citizens are critical to the future of the school system and to the community. The quality of life in our community is significantly influenced by the quality of our school system.