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Changing the Perception : Mansfield Schools Make the Grade

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Sedric Clark is the proud principal of Mansfield High School, a school he feels has gotten a bad reputation.

"It may be because of our student makeup, the backgrounds that they come from,  or the belief that these students are bad individuals, " Clark told KTBS 3 News.

He says that simply isn't the case and his students are well disciplined and on the road to graduating.

"As far as our graduation rates are concerned we have increased our rate over the last three years going from the mid 60s to the 80s and this year we have over 90% on track to graduate," said Clark.

DeSoto Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley , says not only is Mansfield High thriving, so are Mansfield Middle School and Elementary. In fact, there are "no" failing schools in DeSoto Parish.

"What most people don't realize is that our Mansfield schools collectively have grown more than any other schools in our parish ," said Brumley.

 Debbie Fuller, who is the principal at Mansfield Elementary, says she welcomes anyone to come to the school to see what they are doing.

"I invite parents to come in and talk to me, let's sit down and talk about what good instruction and best practices look like, " said Fuller.

The  three schools have formed an alliance of sorts, a unity of schools.

"The Mansfield schools are 3 in 1,  even though we are two different sites and have three different principals all three of us are focused on the success of students, " said Clark who went on to say that he is not only working to change how students view education but how the public views the schools.

According to recent figures from the state a high percentage of teachers in Mansfield are rated as effective or highly effective.

 

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