“Together we’re better” is the motto of the Booneville School District and that commitment to a common goal of excellence is where the district’s superintendent puts the credit for Booneville’s second place ranking in recent state accountability results.
The Booneville School District held on to its top A rating and was tied for second in overall accountability points with the Oxford School District according to the latest state accountability results released by the Mississippi Department of Education.
Within the district, Anderson Booneville Middle School rose from a B to an A rating, Booneville High School maintained its B rating and Anderson Elementary School went from an A to B in the latest data.
This marks the fifth straight year the district has achieved an A rating and the fifth consecutive year its been among the top 10 districts in the state.
Petal School District, which placed first in the state, and Oxford are both much larger Class 6A districts. Booneville School District Superintendent Dr. Todd English said residents should be especially proud of what the district is able to achieve with the resources available to a smaller district.
“There’s not a school district in the state that does a better job, more efficiently, than we do,” he said.
English is quick to credit the district’s teachers, staff and administrators, parents, students and the community for the success they’ve seen.
He said he’s seen a real commitment and buy-in from everyone involved for a vision that focuses on setting high standards and encouraging students to push themselves to achieve their very best.
“It’s every single person, everyday, doing what’s best for each child. If we do everything that way then we’ll do what we need to achieve the ratings,” he said.
The superintendent said their goal is to teach students to think, not just memorize facts. He wants to create graduates who have the critical skills needed to be lifetime learners and be prepared for whatever the careers of the future may be.
“We’re preparing kids for jobs that don’t exist today,” he said.
English said he’s extremely grateful to work in a school district and live in a community where people believe in the school district and what they are trying to accomplish and work every day to help give students the best education possible.