Group should talk with school board

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, March 4, 2008

If you don’t like the system, just go around it and in Natchez-Adams County, you may just get your way.

We’re slightly cautious anytime someone starts applying political pressure to solve a non-political problem.

When the pressure is misapplied, the concerns deepen.

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Last week, a community group, the Committee for Better Public Schools, came before the Natchez mayor and board of alderman seeking their help in removing Natchez-Adams Schools Superintendent Anthony Morris from his position.

On Monday the same group came before the county’s board of supervisors seeking similar help.

Both city and county boards offered to try and meet to talk about the issues. While that spirit of getting things done is refreshing, both boards would be wise to simply direct the group back to the proper authority — in this case the Natchez-Adams School Board.

The school board has the sole authority to hire and fire the superintendent.

We applaud, even encourage, the group’s freedom to stand up and have their voice heard, however, we hope they’ll work through the proper authority. Otherwise, the school board’s authority is circumvented.

If the supervisors and city leaders attended every school board meeting, perhaps we’d feel differently. If not, let’s leave the management of the schools to those people they’ve appointed to the school board.

We have a system for a reason and, our city and county leaders should follow it.