EDITORIAL: Okolona School Trustees

CHICKASAW_Journal_BANNERThe photo that ran in last week’s Chickasaw Journal showed new Okolona Municipal School District trustees standing in a circle and all their hands placed on a Bible as they took the oath of office.

The photo showed Okolona now has their school back under local control

The picture showed a group of people who have sworn to guide and direct the Okolona School District to their best of their ability.

The picture also showed Okolona Mayor Louise Cole and Circuit Court Judge John Andrew Gregory standing alongside Trustees as the oath was administered.

The photo showed a community that has come through a trying time in their history and hopefully will be the better for it.

We applaud the City of Okolona for picking a fine slate of new Trustees. Sara Jenkins, Dr. Jerome D. Smith, Bill Stewart, William Bailey and Nancy Sullivan are people who will bring much to the table as they direct our schools.

We also urge the mayor and city fathers to continue to do all in their power to help Okolona schools as they move away from under conservatorship.

Much work remains to be done. Trustees will now look to find a new superintendent. They must set about the dirty job of enforcing school attendance. They are also faced with facility concerns and the need to fix old buildings fast.

This newspaper believes Okolona has the talent and now has the determination to better their schools and we believe that will better everyone in Chickasaw County.

It has to be pointed out that should Okolona fail, the state stands ready to once again take over those schools. They have already said Okolona schools would probably be consolidated with other schools in Chickasaw County.

Okolona’s new School Board Trustees need to move forward and this community and this county need to support their efforts.

 

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