TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tupelo Public School District may soon become a “District of innovation.”
A District of Innovation designation gives school districts additional flexibility in several areas governed by the State Department of Education. The purpose is to better prepare students for success in life and work.
Stewart McMillan spent 18 months working on the proposal.
Stewart McMillan is the program facilitator for the District of Innovation proposal. Her job is to discover and adapt varying forms of learning and teaching and implement them in ways for students to reach their fullest potential.
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She spent 18 months working on the proposal that is now sitting at the state’s school board office in Jackson.
If approved, the designation could mean a lot for Tupelo students.
At the lower level of education, the program will help students become aware of career options by adding a career fair to every K-5 school in the district.
Programs for high school students will allow them to take classes and earn credits at Itawamba Community College while still attending Tupelo High School.
The ICC/Tupelo partnership launched at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
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"We did work with our community to identify what are our greatest needs, then identify innovative programs to meet those needs,” she said. “And we feel really strongly that the District of Innovation allows us to get some flexibility to meet the needs of those students."
Right now, the school district is playing the waiting game. The State Board of Education will review Tupelo’s proposal. McMillan hopes her proposal will be reviewed at the Board meeting on March 19.
She is confident the Board will see how special her school district is.