Peasant asks for excellence at convocation

Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Superintendent Eddie Peasant addresses faculty and staff at the district's 2017 convocation Tuesday. Several local leaders including Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill, Vice Mayor Roy A'. Perkins and Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Orlando Trainer Spoke. (Photo by Charlie Benton, SDN)
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Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District faculty and staff gathered to kick off their school year Wednesday morning.

The district held its convocation at the Greensboro Center with senior administrators and local politicians addressing the educators and briefing them on the year to come.

“Several years ago, this district gave its commitment to a common vision,” Peasant said. “Through rigorous and relative learning experiences in every classroom, the Starkville-Oktibbeha School District is sparking the flame of success in our students.”

Peasant encouraged teachers to not only ask for success from their students, but ask for excellence.

“To be characterized as excellent is to excel not only in the few common, readily-recognized areas, but to excel in the whole, surpassing ordinary standards at every level, every day," Peasant said. "Not just one school, but every school, not just this teacher, but every teacher, not just one team, but every team, not just one child, but every child.”

Vice Mayor Roy A’ Perkins encouraged the faculty to start the year off with a new attitude, and start the year off like a runner starting a race.

“Individually and collectively, it is benefitting to reflect and parallel the attributes of a champion runner and relate it to the qualities of an effective teacher in this race of educating our children,” Perkins said.

Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors President Orlando Trainer thanked the teachers for their service, and spoke of the opportunity the district had.

“We’ve pooled all our resources, to that we can provide all the children that live within this 400-square-mile county the best education that they can get,” Trainer said.

Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill and School Board Vice President Lee Brand also spoke.

The keynote speaker for the convocation was Jones County Junior College Dean of Student Affairs Samuel Jones.

Students in the district will return to school Aug. 7.