Mississippi's best schools are in Petal

All three schools in the Petal school district have achieved Level Five status for the fourth year in a row.

Level Five is a superior rating based on standardized test scores.

Superintendent James Hutto says Petal is the only district out of 152 in the state to receive that distinction in all of its schools. Hutto attributes the Level Five status to the community's commitment to education.

W.L. Smith Elementary, Petal Middle School, and Petal High School received the top honors.