We’ve watched firsthand our public school system, despite facing public scrutiny for it, build a new state-of-the-art high school from the ground up.
Additionally, COVID-19 relief funds have been used to make lasting improvements to all of the district’s schools, some of them structural necessities and some purely academic.
They’ve built a fully renovated middle school out of the existing high school — knocking down walls and putting up new ones and making some security changes so it, too, seems like new and includes high-tech security to keep students safe.
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We’ve watched the number of graduates taking dual enrollment classes at Natchez Early College Academy and earning their associate’s degrees, while still in high school, grow from zero students in the first year to 40 students just last school year. While they didn’t get college degrees, the first 14 students who made up NECA’s first graduating class in 2017 earned between 20 to 34 college credits.
For years, our biggest quarrel with Natchez Adams School District has been its low accountability grade on the state’s A, B, C, D, and F grade scale, which is based on graduation and dropout rates and standardized test results.
Looking back to the 2015-2016 school year, the district’s grade fell from a D to an F.
School officials cited the high turnover rate of teachers and lack of professional support for teachers as the immediate cause. The following year, the district improv …