Community forum eyes education

CORINTH – Education is a key to the quality of life in Alcorn County, say members of the Commission on the Future of Alcorn County.
They are urging residents to attend a community meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 19 at the Corinth High School Auditorium to learn what’s needed to improve the county’s educational future.
Dr. Cathy Grace, an early education advocate, and state Superintendent of Education Dr. Tom Burnham are guest speakers who will lay a foundation for the discussion.
“Dr. Grace and Dr. Burnham both have expertise because of the various positions they have held and now hold, to share with us strategies and ideas we can consider implementing,” said Corinth Superintendent Lee Childress, who chairs one of the commission’s three education-related task forces.
Key areas that will be covered include early childhood education, strengthening instruction and curriculum, reducing the dropout rate and increasing the graduation rate.
The commission was formed last summer and began assessing the strengths of the community and what gaps remained to be filled.
After a survey of about 60 organizations, the group convened its first community forum in October to recruit volunteers and narrow the focus to begin work.
Since then, task forces have been working on issues that include strengthening family values, infrastructure, long-term city-county planning as well as several education topics, said Commission Chairwoman Lane Williams.
“We’re encouraging all residents of Alcorn County to attend,” she said. “Education matters. Come hear how much.”
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.

Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau