By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

CANTON, Miss. (AP) - Vision, audacity, courage and change.

Those are four tools new Superintendent Ike Haynes Jr. says he believes will make the Canton Public School District the top district in Mississippi for growth in student achievement.

“I’m unafraid to roll up my sleeves and work,” Haynes said.

The Clarion-Ledger reports ( Haynes started work in Canton July 1 after serving nearly seven years as superintendent of the Jefferson Davis County School District. He replaced Dwight Luckett, who retired.

In Jefferson Davis County, Haynes took over a district that was under state control because of misuse of 16th Section funds, low student achievement and a district fund balance of just $247,000.

His leadership transformed the Jefferson Davis County district, which exited state control in 2010 and is now rated a “C” by the state. Its fund balance is in excess of $6 million, and it has $28 million in 16th Section funds.

“It wasn’t a one-man show there, and it won’t be a one-man show here,” Haynes said. “We transform districts because enough people are consistently good at what they do and because of what children are able to get in the classroom.”


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,

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