MERIDIAN — Leadership evident at Southeast Middle School
There has been a lot of media attention over the last couple of years focused on education: new programs, charter schools, redistricting, lawsuits, and the subject continues to dominate the news.
In my opinion, the best approach to education is local community schools where the faculty and staff are generally members of the local community, and relationships between teachers and parents are more than professional, they are seasoned with a communal appreciation.
Our local school where my grandson, Ethan, attends is Southeast Middle School. The majority of the faculty and staff live in the southeast part of Lauderdale County and attend one of the local churches and participate in the different functions and activities of the community.
Even with great locations and friendly neighborhoods it still comes down to leadership. Our principle, Mr. Marcus Irby, is a leader who is involved with the students and their parents. He is acquainted with every child in the school, attends all school functions, and with his open door policy responds to every parent’s concerns properly and promptly.
An illustration of his leadership that stands out to most of us parents and grandparents is the program instituted this year. Every morning when you drive up to drop your child off at school Mr. Irby, Mrs. Robbie Cooper, and Mrs. Brittany Chaney are out in front of the school welcoming the children.
Each child is greeted in a friendly manner accompanied with a smile. One morning, with crystalized breath dancing on the frosty breeze blowing artic winds, plunging the temperature to below 30 degrees, these two ladies, with smiles in hand, greeted the frozen students — what a way to start the day with warmth and sunshine!
This is just one of the benefits that make our school one of the most advantageous for the children of Southeast Lauderdale; there are numerous degrees in the faculty and staff: masters, specialties, musical, and many others making the education sound and these children high school ready. Thanks to Mrs. Darlene for supplying me with the names.