One Alcorn County school may soon be considered a “great school” by the non-profit organization, GreatSchools.org.

Alcorn School District officials learned recently that Alcorn Central High School has been selected as a finalist for GreatSchools’s Gold Award and College Success Award.

The award identifies high schools that help underserved students enroll and persist in college by successfully preparing all students – regardless of income, race or ethnicity – for college and for life. According to the organization’s website, many of the highest performing public schools hand-pick their students through a selection process that confounds efforts to disentangle school quality from other factors.

Booneville School District was the only recipient of this award in the Crossroads area during the previous school year.

“Alcorn Central High School is being honored with this selection because of their multiple-year track record for preparing students to succeed in college based on college enrollment, precedence and remediation data,” said Interim Superintendent Brandon Quinn. “This is a true testament to the hard work of Alcorn Central teachers and staff for what they have done for preparing those students for college.”

Prior to taking on the interim superintendent position, Quinn was principal at ACHS for over six years.

In other school district news:

Quinn reported that prior to the winter storm all high schools were preparing to take the ACT.

“Boot Camps were being held to help give our students an edge when taking the ACT,” said Quinn.

Juniors were scheduled to take the test at the end of February.

Quinn said the district’s technology department has been “working hard to improve the public relations aspect of the district.”

Updates have been made to the district website, individual school websites and the district’s social media channels.

“Just since January, we have seen an increase in people visiting our social media accounts by 431%,” said Quinn. “It is great to see we are getting the good things going on in this district out to the public for everyone to see and celebrate.”

Donations accepted by the school board during the month of February included $200 for the ACHS Chorus and $200 for the ACHS band from Connie Holland, $500 to Alcorn Central Middle School from ExxonMobil Blue Sky No. 705, $25 to ACHS Pawtalk from Zach Depoyster and a $30,000 grant from Mississippi Community Oriented Policing Services in School (MCOPS) for use to help pay campus police officers.

Board members voted to move next month’s meeting from March 8 to March 15 at 5:30 p.m. due to Spring Break.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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