OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) -- Okolona could be the next stop for a charter school because it's among districts which have fallen in the low-performing range of D or F.
The district has only recently come out from under state control.
"Oh! I'm very optimistic about it. I'm very positive about it. I think it would be essential," resident Debbra Shelton said.
"I think the perceived downside of charter schools is that it will be more divisive and racist, and I think that's not true," Sister Liz Brown said.
"Right now, it seems like we have a progressive school board, so charter schools are not going to help us," East Chickasaw County Concerned Citizens Organization President Nathaniel Cunningham said.
"If a charter school comes to Okolona School District, we're not gonna run from it, although it could cause other problems in our school district when it comes to financial resources," Okolona Public Schools Superintendent Dexter Green said.
A charter school would operate on a combination of public and private funds. It would receive money per student but no funds for facilities.
It would have more flexibility when it comes to rules and regulations, but that leniency comes with high expectations.
Lee County Schools Superintendent Jimmy Weeks wants parents to have options, but he's not a big fan of charter schools.
"How those options are supposed to take place when there is no money to help fund these options is just a big question for me," Weeks said.
That question will not have to be answered in Lee County.
The district as a whole scores a grade of C.
Charter schools would be open to the public.
The non-profit organization would choose students lottery-style.