Wednesday's Take: School district grades, downtown properties and much more

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

 It’s hump day, so that means we are on deadline and trying to get the Thursday paper in the racks by this evening.

It’s going to be a packed paper this week, with a ton of news, features and sports stories.

One article to look forward to is our look at the future of two buildings that sit on a prominent corner in downtown Indianola.

The city is getting ready to demolish the buildings, but the owners will likely be going before the board soon to ask for a stay on that plan.

We also have the unofficial school ratings for the county schools.

If you remember, the Mississippi Department of Education was getting ready to release these as official numbers last week, but the board balked and decided to take a second look at the scoring methods, rendering all of the data “unofficial.”

This is nothing new for MDE, which changes its scoring methods more often than Phillies Manager Gabe Kapler changes pitchers.

Still, the results are interesting, and there are signs of improvement in the Sunflower County Consolidated School District, an admitted work in progress.

Switching gears to another important issue facing Sunflower County citizens, is the new wave of infrastructure monies that could be coming here sooner than we all thought.

My printed editorial goes into why this could be a great opportunity to seek better cooperation between the county and its municipalities.

Communities that are not collaborating with their neighbors are already behind in the economic development recruitment.

Maybe this money will drive change for the better within Sunflower County.

 

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