Thursday, August 15, 2013
Focus on the kids, Moore says
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County Schools held orientation Thursday for teachers to learn about district regulations, plans and goals.
“Focus on the kids and let me take care of you,” said superintendent of education Jerry Moore.
The challenges are great as the schools try to meet the new demands of the state accountability model. Models have been a fluid thing in recent years, keeping school districts struggling to reach accountability goals.
Moore said he wants to raise the graduation rate from 70 to 80 percent in the next couple of years, wants to reduce the dropout rate, and wants to see student growth. ACT scores are up slightly, but need to go higher, he said. Community support is up.
“Keep your focus on the student, plan well, follow your data, and make sure your children are growing,” Moore said. “I don’t need you panicking about another new evaluation system.”
The superintendent spent a few minutes on the “chain of command.”
He said the Mississippi Code of Ethics protects children and the school districts.
Moore said the school district is moving up in test scores and overall the district is doing a good job educating children.
The district was audited 10 times over the last year. Most of the findings had to do with facilities and some were solved over the summer.
Moore asked teachers to do away with their microwaves and televisions – appliances that have caused the school to be cited for wads of extension cords on the floor. He said the district added outlets this summer and wants teachers not to attach power strips into power strips into power strips. That drew laughter from teachers.
The outlets are supposed to be used for instruction, he said.
He said the district has a plan for everything but warned that there is not a lot of money for extras. He wants more math and reading materials in the classroom.
He said with education cuts at $6.8 million in state funds the last five years, the district would have to raise taxes to make up the difference.
“We don’t want to raise people’s taxes when it’s hard to buy groceries,” he said.
The district has the highest teacher retention it has had in a long time with only 24 teachers not returning this year, Moore said. The district has 215 certified teachers and administrators, he said.
Moore provided an opportunity for local leaders to speak to the front line.
Det. Kerry Reid, with Byhalia Police Department, said the main thing is that the community stay positive and not tear itself down.
School board member Janice Wagg, who said she is a proud product of Byhalia High School, encouraged teachers.
“My heart has always been with children,” she said. “You are the ones who spend your time day in and out teaching children. It is a lifetime process of learning.”
Byhalia Mayor Phil Malone praised the school district and said jobs are coming to the area and employers will need educated people to fill their jobs.
“It starts here (at school),” he said. “It’s vital we do that.”
Maj. David Cook, who spoke on behalf of the sheriff, assured the staff that security is the number one priority at the schools and that plans are in place to provide it.
He added that teachers intervene when children are young and act as their role models so the student does not end up in the jail.
Students in the county school district returned to classes Monday.
News: (662) 252-4261 or email@example.com
Fax: (662) 252-3388
Questions, comments, corrections: firstname.lastname@example.org
The South Reporter
P.O. Box 278
Holly Springs, MS 38635
©2004, The South Reporter, All Rights Reserved.
No part of this site may be reproduced in any way without permission.
The South Reporter is a member of the Mississippi Press Association.
Site managed and maintained by
South Reporter webmasters Linda Jones, Kristian Jones
Web Site Design - The South Reporter
Back | Top of Page