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Thursday, November 1, 2012

3 things to cheer about in Dumas

Yesterday, First Class Communication had the opportunity to visit the Dumas School District and catch up with all the positive things happening for students there. Even in our short visit, we easily saw that this is a school district that's on the move.

While there's lots to be impressed with, here are three things that stood out:

Superintendent David Rainey takes photos.
1. Superintendent David Rainey. We were fans when Mr. Rainey championed progressive policies for public education while he was in the legislature, and it's just as terrific watching him put his passion into practice at the district level.

2. New Tech Network grant/STEM focus. Dumas was one of the Arkansas school districts that won a New Tech Network grant to implement a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) focus in the high school, complete with problem- and project-based learning. The district has hit the ground running, putting the program in place this school year for its 10th-grade students. Enthusiastic leadership and creative faculty and staff are making this venture a success.

3. A focus on academics. We were privy to an elementary school awards program to recognize student performance. Not only were the teachers and students celebrating, but a good many parents filled the bleachers as a show of support for their children as well.

Leadership. Innovation. Parent and community support.  We enjoyed seeing those critical elements thriving in Dumas.

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