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Protesting not the answer for schools

No one should be happy with the performance of Natchez-Adams Schools.

The schools have earned low marks across the board for years. Over the last two weeks, frustration with the district has bubbled up after a melee occurred at Natchez High School, resulting in 17 students being arrested.

A day later the school’s principal resigned, setting off even more emotional responses, first from students and then from others in the community.

Since neither the school district nor the resigning principal seem willing to talk about what occurred at the fight or prompted the resignation, the public is left to wonder and speculate.

Illogical plans are running rampant through the community —protesting the school district’s office, signing petitions circulated to oust the superintendent and the entire school board and discussing plans to not pay property taxes as a way to protest in disgust over the schools.

Protesters have pointed to many things related to changes in the district — many changes with personnel over the last two years.

If the school district is failing — and it is and was before this superintendent was hired — something must change for the school performance to improve.

It is far too soon to know whether the current superintendent’s changes will help or hurt.

But the community cannot simply sit back and continue to wish and hope — or protest — for things to turn around. Cycling through a new school superintendent and new school board every few years isn’t the answer.

At some point soon, we must agree to a leadership plan and stick to it — even if we don’t always agree with details of who is hired or fired.

Otherwise, more generations of our community’s youth will be lost to another round of the adults fighting, while the school district remains stagnant.

 

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