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Indianola School District and Indianola Promise Community Form Unprecedented Partnership

Posted on: October 17, 2013

(Indianola, MS) – Giving students and teachers the resources they need to succeed is the focus of a new and unprecedented partnership between the Indianola School District and the Indianola Promise Community.  The two groups have come together to improve the educational opportunities of Indianola young people and to demonstrate the value of working together.

Using funding from a U.S. Department of Education grant, the Indianola Promise Community has joined with the Indianola School District to offer intensive after-school tutoring programs, teacher development, curriculum enhancements, and ACT prep courses.  “We are committed to helping every student realize his or her promise as a vital member of the Indianola community,” said Josh Davis, project director for the Promise Community, “We are thrilled to join with the school district to work toward this goal.”

After being in conservatorship for several years, the Indianola School District is now accredited by the State Department of Education.  According to Davis, “Under the leadership of Dr. Watkins, students in the district have increased their scores on many of Mississippi’s standardized tests.   The programs we are sponsoring will help ensure students are proficient in core subjects, transition successfully to higher grade levels, and graduate from high school.”

The students at the school district recently saw the fruits of the partnership first hand when the Promise Community delivered over 600 laptop computers and an educational software package to the school.  In this way, every student will have access to Classworks, a web-based educational tool that creates and manages a personalized learning path for the student, supplements classroom instruction, and assists in identifying students who are falling behind or who need extra help.  As Thomas Edwards, the school district’s P-16 Council chairman explained, “It is great to have the infusion of this technology into our schools. We want to level the playing field for our children and offer them all the resources and support they need to be successful.”

The Indianola Promise Community is a community-based initiative to provide children with the opportunity to succeed in school, graduate, and attend college.  It is sponsored by Delta Health Alliance and its many local partners include the Indianola School District, City of Indianola, Sunflower-Humphreys County Progress, Delta State University, B. B. King Museum, W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For more information about the Promise Community, please visit the Delta Health Alliance webpage at www.deltahealthalliance.org.