MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - "I just love the excitement I see children's eyes when they are successful."
That love for children is why Kim Staley agreed to continue as Superintendent of the Moss Point School District. It was 2007 when he first took on the job. Since then, he has started a new curriculum department and helped bring more technology inside classrooms.
"We are probably one of the heaviest in Southeast as far as technology," Staley said. "We have Active Boards in every classroom, which allows our teachers to go straight to the internet to seek out websites to enhance learning."
Staley said within the next two years, he will raise the bar for education, beginning with increasing test scores. He admits the district scores were low last year.
"With our curriculum now in place, and we have a teaching model and we are going to make sure that is in place, and we are looking for test scores to increase."
The superintendent is also anticipating the re-opening of Magnolia Junior High School, which was heavily damaged by Katrina. Staley said it to be a state-of-the-art place for learning.
"I think in a couple of years, people are going to be very excited and surprised about the success and the accomplishments that we make here."
Staley's plan to realign all elementary schools by 2010 has drawn criticism from parents since students will be divided by grade levels. Also, two schools will close.
"People don't like change. It is going to benefit the kids by providing a more structured curriculum across each grade level."
The superintendent believes this blueprint for Moss Point schools will build success in the district. Staley said he also wants to promote more parent and community involvement. Currently, the Moss Point School District has more than 3,000 students and nine schools.