OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) -- New Okolona School District Superintendent Dexter Green has hit the ground running.
He's only been on the job since Monday, but Green is already looking for solutions.
"We are looking at our purchasing procedures. We are looking at how we are paying our bills. And we are looking at streamlining, outsourcing and resources to cut the district's budget," Green said.
The district has been under state control for the last three years due to academic and financial issues. Last summer, the Mississippi Board of Education voted to allow Okolona to return to local control.
This year, a new school board was installed, and Green was just recently hired. He said his focus is simple: students first.
"We will be a student-centered district. At the same time, I shared with the administrators that as opposed to being a top down administration, we will be a bottom up district meaning we will serve our students, we will serve our parents, we serve the needs of the principal, and the superintendent is last on the list," added Green.
Green said while focusing on the students, he's also focusing on the bottom line. He said the district is looking at adding grant writers who can help apply for grants to hopefully generate more money into the district.
Green said the district is also looking at ways to encourage student achievement through a financial incentive program for both teachers and students.