Tupelo school district seeks to become 'District of Innovation'

The Tupelo Public School District is seeking to become a District of Innovation.

Posted: Oct 29, 2018 1:21 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tupelo Public School District is seeking to become a District of Innovation.

The district says Stewart McMillan, a Tupelo native and product of the school district, returned in September as the Innovative Program facilitator.

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.

In order to achieve this, she is focusing on two main areas – grants and a District of Innovation distinction.

The district says these grants will allow it to offer programs such as robotics club, reading materials, field trips, gardening, computers, etc.

She’s also started the process for Tupelo to become a District of Innovation.

However, the status won’t be determined until March of 2020 by the Mississippi Department of Education.

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.

The school district’s team is working now until the November 2019 deadline to incorporate community input to identify the greatest opportunities for growth in select innovative programs to best serve all students.

“We want to make sure we are really thoughtful in getting feedback from all stakeholders,” McMillan said. “It’s not so much of a challenge as it’s an opportunity to grow.”

The school district is asking people to complete a survey.

MORE: Click here for the survey 

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