Teacher orientation at WPHS south campus

West Point Consolidated School District Superintendent, Burnell McDonald was getting teachers motivated during teacher orientation for the district Thursday morning.
Staff Writer
Teacher orientation at the south campus auditorium of West Point High School had a pep rally atmosphere as teachers from East Side Elementary, West Clay Elementary, Church Hill and South Side Elementary, with the newly expanded Fifth Street Jr. High and West Point High School, came to be motivated for the return to the classroom. 
"I want us to be joyful this year as we come in to work every day," Burnell McDonald, West Point Consolidated School District Superintendent, said. "We are a winning school and we have a lot to be proud of."
McDonald was pleased and humbled that many of the area churches had been lifting up the district in prayer for a successful school year.
"We have a lot of people praying for us and for our students," McDonald said. "That is true community support. I've had several churches let me know they are praying for us. It means a lot."
He proceeded to introduce the leadership team for the 2018-19 school year:
  • Jermaine Taylor - School Operations
  • Reita Humpries - Federal Programs
  • Jeanette Longstreet - Special Services
  • Kris Hollis - Curriculum and Testing
  • Susie Walker - Director of Child Nutrition
  • Ricky Melton - Maintenence
  • Chris Chambless - Athletics
Walker said all children in each of the schools in the district will continue to receive free breakfast and lunch at school.
"We didn't know that we would eventually have to close Central School," McDonald said. "But the safety of our students comes first. So we are facing changes to Fifth Street and the WPHS South Campus. But we are all up to that challenge."
McDonald urged the staff in attendance to contact their legislators and ask that they fully fund education. There is discussion of an overhaul to change the way schools are funded. The WPCSD lost $1 million in funding this year. 
"We were trying, especially in the elementary and kindergarten grades, to have smaller classrooms," McDonald said. "With the budget cuts that just isn't possible now. That's why it is so important to let our leaders in Jackson know how important our schools and education are."