Lamar Walker, who represents the third district on the Alcorn School District Board of Education, shared Superintendent Larry B. Mitchell’s updated enrollment numbers with the board on Monday. Walker then added his own idea of the direction he thinks the district should take.
“I know some people were lead out of the district, but a lot has come in as well,” Walker said. “Having these numbers here, I think if Alcorn County had one school and everyone was in that school, it would make things a lot better.”
According to Mitchell’s numbers, enrollment districtwide is up 16 students from last year even after the closure of two of the county’s smallest schools in Rienzi and Glen. The numbers grew from 3,252 students in 2015-16 to 3,263 students in 2016-17.
Walker added, “I know everybody likes their own schools, but we have to think about what benefits the kids the most. We have to think about the education, the opportunities and the technology. All these things would help out kids more than just having a name because we went to school there.”
An interim board member, Walker was appointed to the board in February following the resignation of long-time board member Carroll Morton.
Morton left the board after losing the battle to keep Rienzi and Glendale elementary schools open.
Walker’s interim position ends in December.
He is currently running for the same seat against Daniel Cooper and Keith R. Stevens. The election is Nov. 8 and the newly elected person will take over in January for a six-year term.
Enrollment numbers for the current 2016-17 school year include Alcorn Central Elementary School 507, Alcorn Central Middle School 420, Alcorn Central High School 395, Biggersville Elementary School 247, Biggersville High School (seventh-twelfth grade) 200, Kossuth Elementary School 595, Kossuth Middle School 431 and Kossuth High School 468.
Elementary school numbers include pre-k.