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It’s All About Family
For One State Champ

Say hi to the entire high school at Ashley Community Schools, where the high school program is ranked No. 1 among all districts in the 2014 Academic State Champs. While their raw test scores are average, the students here overachieve compared with students at other low-income districts around the state.(photo by Ron French)

Say hi to the entire high school at Ashley Community Schools, where the high school program is ranked No. 1 among all districts in the 2014 Academic State Champs. While their raw test scores are average, the students here overachieve compared with students at other low-income districts around the state (photo by Ron French).

Tim Hughes apologizes for running a few minutes late.

He’s coordinating the donation of $10 to a family that needs gas to get to work, and fixing a computer glitch in the building. Being a superintendent of a one-building, K-12 school district means wearing a lot of hats.

“We make it work,” Hughes said. “Sometimes we don’t know how, but we make it work.”

Ashley Community Schools makes it work better than almost any school district in Michigan. Ashley, a tiny, rural district 40 miles north of Lansing, is the fourth-ranked school district in the state among Bridge Magazine’s Academic State Champs for 2014.

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