Statement from the board of the Parents for Public Schools of Starkville:
There is no doubt in our minds that the successful journey toward consolidation our community has experienced over the last two years is due in large part to the passion, leadership, and sheer resolve of Superintendent Lewis Holloway and the district’s very capable Board of Trustees. The efforts of this sound leadership team on behalf of the children of Starkville and Oktibbeha County throughout the process have been unquestioned and unmatched. Although we recognize the impact of the allegations charged against Dr. Holloway, we remain confident in his ability to advocate for our students, teachers, administrators and parents as our district continues on a successful trajectory. We appreciate the board’s due diligence in exploring the issues, and strongly support their decision to continue Dr. Holloway’s leadership as superintendent.
On Friday evening, our school district will host a national stage as the SHS Football team’s “Little Egg Bowl” is broadcast on ESPN for the first time in history. Friday, however, isn’t our only big stage this year. We stand today as one of the few districts defying national trends, and actually gaining students above the combined enrollment during a consolidation year. We have literally become more than simply the sum of two parts. What began as an experimental process instigated by the Mississippi Legislature has come to fruition in a new district with more students and more student opportunities than ever before. The 2015-16 school year, our first as the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District, is groundbreaking, not only for Starkville and Oktibbeha County, but also for the entire state of Mississippi. As PPS continues to advocate for the new partnerships and opportunities this groundbreaking year brings, we remain confident in the guidance and proven success of the district’s leadership, and we are committed to working with them to achieve the next steps in the SOCSD’s journey of excellence.