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Jasper County Rallies Urge Candidates to Run for School Board

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A group of parents, residents, and retired teachers met at Turpin Park in Ridgeland again today to protest the Jasper County School Board, and the district's 'F' ranking.

Ever since the Jasper County School District received an 'F' rating from the state, the group has hosted organized rallies to gather signatures to oust Superintendent Vashti Washington and the rest of the board.

"We went from a 39.5 to a 27.3," says organizer Denise Davidson. "We're not going in the right direction."

But unlike some of the rallies before, this time there were less familiar faces. Rally organizers say it's because some parents feel threatened administration will retaliate on their kids.

However, Kelly Champlin was there with her high school son. She says his future career is at stake.

"He wants to become an engineer," Champlin says.

Champlin says in order for her son to pursue his dream career, she is having to supplement his education in the public school system with online classes at home. She says Jasper County does not offer the science, technology, and math classes her son needs to take.

"Let's start giving them science and math classes," is Champlin's plea. "Let's start improving the test scores."

The solution Davidson promotes is to replace the board and superintendent.

"We're going to find people to run against school board members next year," Davidson says. "You cannot expect change from the same people."

Group members say they've already been working to urge people to run for seats on the board next year. They say so far, they know of candidates to run for at least two of the five open seats.

As for the petition, Davidson estimates she's made it a little over half-way towards the goal of 1,500 signatures.

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