NAACP mum on school overcrowding

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 1, 1999

The local chapter of the NAACP will soon release its written position on a proposal to reopen Braden School for elementary students, local President Alfred Hunter said Wednesday.

The chapter discussed the idea &160;Tuesday during an executive meeting at the Voters League Building.

Hunter declined further comment preferring to speak through the statement.

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The Natchez-Adams&160;School District wants to reopen Braden to reduce overcrowding.

The plan also includes turning two local primary schools and two upper elementary schools into K-6 elementary schools.

Since the Natchez-Adams School District is under a 1989 federal court order, the district must get court approval to make this type of change.

Superintendent Dr. Carl Davis said he wants to make the best choices for the students.

&uot;I think we need to ask ourselves the question, ‘what’s best for our kids?’&uot; Davis said.

Davis did not attend the meeting but said he values the opinions of everyone involved.

&uot;Everyone’s rights will be respected, because I believe that is what you have to do in a civilized world,&uot; Davis said.

Braden School on Homochitto Street now houses the district’s administrative offices.