School district needs all its fans’ support

Published 12:08am Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Every single taxpayer in Adams County should be a huge fan of the Natchez-Adams School District.

The schools are among our community’s largest public expenditure. Economically, they’re among our largest employers. They’re also pumping out our future labor force each year.

We should all want taxpayer monies to get the most bangs for our bucks. We should seek that the school district excels in all ways.

Over the last few years, the team’s success has been down. We all know that and most of us, at least, want the district to become a perennial winner again.

But as fans, we must remember that the school team’s coaches need our support.

Rather than being fair-weather fans we must support the district through the current rebuilding process.

Last year, the school board announced massive restructuring. This year the district is facing significant expense cuts and has begun reorganizing its leadership.

Part of that reorganization means relocating administrators to different positions.

Superintendent Frederick Hill, the coach of the district, announced last week his plan was to shift around administrators who have shown success at their current schools to leadership positions at schools that need improvement.

A good coach knows when to change things up — even if the players and fans might think the coach is a bit crazy for making roster changes.

Coaches usually know the players and their capabilities better than fans and even the players themselves.

Unlike fans and players, coach Hill is trying to keep the big picture in mind and strategizing about how best to use the resources he has at his disposal.

When things aren’t working well, it’s a good time to change things up, put some new players in the game and see if the new team chemistry finds success.