RICHTON, MS (WDAM) - This year marks the second time that the Richton School District has been recognized statewide by The Mississippi School Boards Association. MSBA presented teachers and students from the district with the Lighthouse Leadership Award.
The award recognizes Richton for being ranked as a B district. Superintendent Clay Anglin said last year Richton received the same ranking, but the goal is to reach higher.
“Good teaching staff, new administration as well. So we’re working hard every day to get to an A,” said Anglin.
The Richton School District administration traveled to Jackson to receive the award on February 20. Richton High School Principal Ben Bryan said the ceremony was an eye-opener.
“So being a B school, we look at the schools around us, we wanted to be as good as them, if not a little bit better," said Bryan. “A strong community, a strong school just looking to improve."
Justin Russell, principal of Richton Elementary School, said even though Richton is a small community, it’s great to be recognized for positive actions in the classroom.
“I’ll tell anybody this, we have some of the best teachers in the state at my school,” said Russell.
The goal for next year is to excel in the classroom for schools within the Richton School District and administration said they will do everything they can to make sure Richton becomes an A school district.
“Our goal is to be in an A district. We’ve got a little work to do to get to that point, but we feel confident that we can get there eventually,” said Anglin.