Pre-K expansion shows how community support can help school system

Published 10:20 am Friday, September 30, 2016

Far too often, the headlines are misleading.

Far too often, the stories shared on social media do not tell the whole story.

Far too often, we simply fail to look deeper to understand what is happening.

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Just this week, we published an article that again speaks to the development and improvements that continue to be made in the Vicksburg Warren School District.

Quite often, we have taken to this space to applaud new programs, new curriculum, the launch of an early college high school and the success, after success of the system’s Leader in Me program.

But those stories and those accolades never get old.

During the year, we might report stories about test scores and how local results compare to the state and nation.

We talk about how the system might have scored and how those results too compare to the state and nation.

And while those results are at times good news, there are those times when the standardized test or measuring stick doesn’t show us in a good light. That is where we need to dig deeper.

This week, the story about the system’s growing pre-K program and the positive impact it is having on students in the system is just another piece of evidence that the hard work, the training, the investment and the steady leadership is making a difference, a positive difference.

We know — we have seen — that with the right combination of good leadership, community involvement and investment, public education can improve. It is a lesson we would hope the Mississippi Legislature and statewide school leaders would come to understand.

There are those who would argue that too much is already spent on public education and that our teachers and administrators are paid too well.

We would argue never can too much be spent on our public education system.

We should expect the best of our public systems, but we can only expect the best if we provide them the best.

We must find ways to invest in, develop and nurture our future — our children.

We have seen first hand what that kind of investment and that kind of involvement can have on a child, a school and an overall school system.

Vicksburg — much like some of the schools in our system — is quickly becoming a lighthouse for education in the state and we are proving that together — when businesses, community and schools partner — we can make a difference.