Community members protest at Marion County School District board meeting

Community members protest at Marion County School District board meeting

MARION COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - Members of the Marion County community led a peaceful protest Monday night at the Marion County School Board meeting, all in an effort to raise their voices about issues they feel are present in the district.

Those people called for action from the board regarding multiple issues.

“We feel like that our school board is not listening to the public, and we have appealed them to, you know, to act on some issues that we felt like was an issue with our schools and with our children and with what’s, you know, what’s going on about being discriminatory,” said Deloris Porter, a grandparent of Marion County School District students.

Some community members allege the board is discriminating against certain races when selecting new educators for the district.

“Hiring,” said Carl Bullock, another grandparent of Marion County School District students. “We feel like we have qualified people for jobs in our school system, and I feel like we are being neglected by being pushed to the side.”

School board officials say there are guidelines followed throughout the hiring process.

“Our policies are in place, and they’re being used,” said Richard Culliver, Marion County School District School Board President. “We’re trying to find the best teachers out there for our kids in Marion County, and I think our school district is doing that.”

Some of those community members say they will continue to come back each month to make their voices heard.

The board meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m..

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