Everybody is for progress but nobody wants to change.
Schools across Coahoma County are quick to call your Clarksdale Press Register when they have a new program, activity or offering for their students – and we never want that to stop.
This community wants to see the new and improved school tools that our classrooms are using to educate our children.
But that desire for innovation and adapting to a changing world stops when it comes to adults employed by these districts.
Your Clarksdale Press Register has watched for several weeks as Coahoma Early College High School grapples with new state funding channels that could close the school this fall. We’ve watched Clarksdale Municipal School District wrestle with salary adjustments to teachers and staff while students fail in the classroom. We’ve watched Coahoma County High School also struggle with grades in a district that has yet to name a full-time superintendent.
Education is too important for this community to get mired down in providing something close to a government jobs program for people who can’t seem to get the job done.
Our schools are getting failing grades, our students are getting failing grades and Clarksdale and Coahoma County are suffering for it.
And let’s not blame it on our students. It is teachers, staff and school trustees who have failed.
We urge Clarksdale Municipal School District Trustees to get behind their Superintendent Dr. Joe Nelson. We urge Coahoma Early College Trustees to get behind Superintendent Dr. Valmadge Towner. We urge Coahoma County Trustees to get serious and name a superintendent to lead our county schools.
Failing schools are the elephant in the room in this community. We must find new ways – frugal ways that don’t just throw money at the problem – to address our failing school systems.
It’s not about adults and jobs. It’s about children – our children – and the future of Clarksdale and Coahoma County.