LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel educators returned to the classroom on Wednesday.
The new school superintendent, Chuck Benigno, spoke to 300 faculty members about the 2010-2011 school year during the annual breakfast at the Laurel High School Auditorium.
Benigno said he wants every teacher to live out this years theme: "Expecting Greatness."
"What we are looking for is to love them and to make sure that we want to be there for them everyday and that we just get after it in the classroom all year long,"said Benigno. "When you do those things the kids now that you are investing in them and then they will give you great effort."
Benigno said, he's has high expectation for every individual who is associated with the Laurel schools. He said, by excepting greatness and showing love it should help improve test scores.
"We got to attack the test scores," said Benigno. "Our test score are not where we want them to be, but we got pockets that prove to us that our kids can perform at extremely high levels. We see that in the test scores and we just have to get that across the board."
Benigno said, the district will be working with about $2 million less than last year but improves are still possible despite the cuts.
School starts on August 9th.