Top officials visit Grenada School District

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

The Grenada School District drew statewide attention this week showing why it has become one of Mississippi’s top schools when it comes to innovation.

State, local and school officials, along with industry leaders, toured the school district Tuesday and saw what it takes to be a district of innovation.

The school district hosted a Project Lead the Way Showcase and attracted officials including Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Grenada County Board of Supervisors President Darrell Robinson, City Manager Trey Baker and industry leaders from Novipax, Modine, Resolute Forest and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

While touring three of the five schools within the district, leaders learned about the impact of a sustainable K-12 STEM program with PLTW and the impact it is having on the local district.

Superintendent Dr. David Daigneault said the showcase gave officials a chance to peek inside the PLTW Engineering and Biomedical Science labs and to see the PLTW Gateway (Design and Modeling, Automation and Robotics, Medical Detectives, Science of Technology) and launch (Elementary School Computer Science, Engineering, and Biomedical Science) classrooms.

“This is really important for our community to show how we are setting the stage for workforce development,” Daigneault said. “We believe that work force development is absolutely critical. This is a wonderful opportunity to host this event.”

The event began with a tour of Grenada High School, where PLTW officials Sherry Worsham, GSD’s director of dchool engagement, and Rocky Valadez, PLTW’s vice president of Engagement, led teams to biomedical and engineering classes.

Tour groups witnessed students like senior Sydnie Clements, who plans to attend Holmes Community College in the fall, operate a self building threading machine using computer software.

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Lt. Gov. Reeves speaks to a group of community and industry leaders during the showcase, including Duncan Dees (left) of Modine and Paul Zurek, Project Lead the Way’s Director of Engagement for Tennessee.