State Superintendent visits Petal, Lamar school districts on 'Celebration of Excellence Tour'

PINE BELT (WDAM) - The state superintendent of education is on a "Celebration of Excellence Tour." Today, she made stops at two high-achieving school districts here in the Pine Belt to personally commend them on their success.

Petal and Lamar county school districts got to brag on their "A" ratings in state accountability this week with State Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright making the trip.

"I think it's important that they know how proud the state is of them," Wright said. "As the state superintendent, I felt it was important to deliver it personally."

Wright visited Petal first, which was the number one school district overall in state accountability. After, Wright visited Oak Grove, where she spoke to students and faculty and had a chance to see firsthand why both districts are at the top.

"You see children who are engaged in learning, and all kinds of learning," Wright said. "They're focused on reading, focusing on problem solving, focusing on how to explain other things to children to the classroom. Everybody was engaged."

And the gesture was well-received by all in attendance, including Oak Grove principal, Helen Price.

"To have Dr. Wright here is an honor and a privledge." Price said. "To be an "A" district and to be able have her come and congratulate us really means a lot."

And now that they're there, Oak Grove plans to get better.

"The pressure now is to continue," Price said. "When you're at the top, there's only a few more points you can gain. We're going to be looking for every possible way to gain those extra points, stay an "A", and continue to grow."