Thursday, June 7, 2007
The first tropical storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, which began Friday, was named Barry.
I take no joy in the use of my name, whatsoever – particularly after the death and destruction caused almost two years ago by Hurricane Katrina.
My youngest brother, Danny, is in Florida again this week — waiting to see another shuttle launch.
He’s been to several, including one evidently very spectacular night launch.
I have to admit to being green with envy. I’d love to go to a launch!
Grandmother said: Avoiding waste is a spiritual virtue
Last Sunday our congregation shared its more or less annual Sunday with Christ Church (Episcopal) at Strawberry Plains, where we celebrated Environmental Emphasis Sunday with our friends in the Audubon Society. We had a wonderful time together.
Remembering the anniversary of ‘the Duke’s’ 100th
His rightwing politics may have been suspect, his decision to put career before country during the Second World War grating here in a Britain that endured so much in that conflict, but there will still be several generations of Borderers who will have nostalgically marked the recent 100th anniversary of the birth of John Wayne.
Letter to the Editor
Response to letter:
I read with great concern the letter to the editor in the May 24, issue of The South Reporter by Judy Smith, former superintendent of the Holly Springs School District. Her letter was in reference to the state audit of the Holly Springs School District.
It was heartwarming to read Ms. Smith’s response to the audit. Since the audit was a reflection of deficiencies over the past six to eight years, Level #2 rating of the Holly Springs School District did not occur in one, but six years or more. As Ms. Smith indicated it was a deficit in the process of standards that were ignored by prior leadership of the district. There is tangible evidence that the Concerned Citizen Coalition, the Men’s Breakfast Group (40 Black Men of Marshall County), the Concerned Parents Association, the NAACP, the local and state elected officials worked hard with the leadership of the school district in promoting the concerns expressed in Ms. Smith’s response. The community and its agencies cannot upgrade the school system. Only through the leadership of the district can improvements be made. The community (parents and other agencies), must go through and be guided by the district leadership.
As related to the timing of the audit, I question the validity of this criticism. As an educational administrator for more than 45 years, I always urged my co-workers to be ready for an audit every day.
Rather than question the validity of the audit, it seems to be more productive to “light candles” and join hands to address the deficiencies with a positive attitude. We need to thank the auditors for calling to our attention things which we have known for the past several years. Whoever, or whatever got Holly Springs School District in the pool of 17 other districts to be audited should be thanked.
It is unfair to expect the new leadership to correct in 30 days what prior superintendents could not do in six to ten years. Most of us will continue to work where we can to improve this vital entity in our community. We recognize that the quality of our schools will determine the quality of our community and economic development. We are all affected by this challenge, but must depend on school officials for solutions.
W.A. McMillan Sr, coordinator
(662) 252-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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