OKOLONA – Okolona Superintendent Dexter Green was formally welcomed to town Sunday with a reception for the new head of Okolona schools and his family.
Green, who has only been the city’s top educator for 32 days, said Okolona already feels like home and he has already made friends that he calls family.
“As I introduce you to my family, I want you to know that I see making you part of my family a big part of my job,” said Green, who was previously a principal at the prestigious Dundee Elementary School in Tunica County for eight years. “This business is all about children – your children – and my promise is to help those who attend Okolona schools – your sons and daughters – get the best education possible.”
Sunday’s event saw Green welcomed by city and community leaders. There was also a special song by the Baby Steps Choir.
“We feel like we have gotten a very good superintendent in Mr. Green and we are glad to see the community turn out to welcome him,” said Okolona School Board President Dr. Jerome Smith. “Mr. Green needs our support to better our schools and we need to show him that support. This is a good start.”
Green was welcomed by Okolona Mayor Louise Floyd/Cole who said this event was the start of something positive for Okolona schools.
“We were all shocked when our schools went into conservatorship and we have been pleased to see Okolona come out from under state control,” said Floyd/Cole. “We have good schools, we have a school board in place and now we have Mr. Green on board. This is the start of something good for our community.”
Green was also welcomed by event organizer John Standfield who talked about Green’s character.
“In talking to people the one thing I hear over and over is his passion for education and our children,” said Standfield. “When you meet him you see that passion is very real and very genuine. He will do good things here.”
Green introduced his wife Willie Mae Green and their five children and two grandchildren.
“My goal as Superintendent of Education is to provide the educational leadership, support and fiscal resources required to help students in the Okolona Municipal School District to meet and exceed state and national learning content standards,” said Green. “I will lead school district efforts to retain and recruit highly effective employees that will dedicate their lives to preparing all students for college and career.”
Green said he has spent the last few weeks getting to know people in the community and wants to build relationships with local industry, businesses, churches and civic organizations.
“I will work with all stakeholders to create and cultivate a district culture that will be fueled by hard work, dedication and commitment to reaching and achieving very high academic standards worthy of state and national recognition,” said Green. “I want us to be proud of what we accomplish.”
The Okolona School Board and Green will host their next school board meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. All Okolona School Board meetings are open to the public.