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Changes in Okolona Schools

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 8/02/2013 12:13 pm
OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) - Okolona Superintendent Dexter Green sits in his new office that last school year was a fifth grade classroom. 

A pencil sharpener remains on the wall of the office that's located in this historic three story school building.

Constructed in 1924, this building now only houses the superintendent's office and other central office staff.

A failure to meet Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines forced classes to be canceled in this building.

Green said, "We need to place an elevator in this three story building so that students in wheelchairs or with other handicaps can have accessibility to the upper floors."

The fifth grade students will move to the high school campus, and kindergarten through fourth grades will be in another building.

Green said, "It's working. We're making it work. We're excited. Great things are happening."

Leaders hope the three story building can undergo renovations and students can return in the future.

Where the administrative offices were located is now the superintendent's residence.

A change in buildings is not the only thing on the mind of the new Okolona superintendent.

Green started in April when the district came out from under a state takeover.

He says last year's preliminary student test scores are promising as the new school year gets underway.

Green said, "Sometimes you can just make changes in personnel to get the results that we need. We hired some veteran teachers in some key areas. We're expecting to make a dramatic difference in the classroom this upcoming school year."

He also says strong community support has played a key role in his plans for leading the school system.
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