OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) -- For those in attendance at the National Guard Armory in Okolona Sunday, it must have been hard for them not to like Dexter Green,the new superintendent of the district.
Green, a Jackson native and graduate of Jackson State, seemed to have a confident air about himself as he met with parents and students alike.
Green comes from the Tunica School District, where he led the Dundee Elementary school to a "STAR" rating and recognition as a Mississippi Title I Distinguished School.
It's the hope of parents, teachers, administrators and interested citizens that Green can do much the same for the Okolona School District.
"I hope to see, of course, test scores improve. I hope to see the community continute to work together with the superintendent and all of us kind of get back on track."said Sumeka Thomas, a member of the Okolona Learning Center Initiative.
"We have a new superintendent who has come to Okolona Public Schools and we want the community to get to know him, get behind him and we all want to work together in the community in order to make Okolona a better school," said Shirley Moore, a member of Parents of Public Schools.
As of March 31 the Okolona School District is no longer under state control. Now its up to Dexter Green to lead the district forward.
He says his vision is for an Okolona district that is second to none.
"There are two big things that we need to fix: academics as well as finances," said Green. "In looking at Okolona, I've been here now for three weeks and I see Okolona has great potential. And I see us doing great things on behalf of the students and parents in the community right here."
After three years of conservatorship, next week will be a big one for high school students as they take state assesment tests to determine where they are academically.
One school board member says he is confident that Green is the right man at the right time.
"We're going to pray over our building, we're going to pray over our schools, and we're going to pray over our kids to make sure that when they walk through that door during testing time, that divine intervention just kicks in," Green told an enthusiastic audience.
Green was one of five candidates that applied for the position.
He was initially not chosen but took the job after another candidate decided not to take it.