Mayor Diane Delaware said her New Year’s resolution will be to personally tackle the issues with the city schools head-on.
Delaware publicly announced her resolution, which she considers “a dangerous one,” during the recent Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.
“Education in Yazoo City, Miss. will improve in 2016 for our children, our parents and for all of us,” she vowed. “If you don’t struggle for education, all other struggles are worthless.”
Delaware said when she returned to Yazoo City over ten years ago, the first thing she heard from others centered on the municipal school district. From businesses not coming to citizens moving away, education was the core of each complaint.
Delaware said she doesnt’ want to hear the complaints any longer. She wants action.
“I am in the game, and I hope others will join the game,” she said. “This has gone on for far too long. I am not going to blame anyone. I am not going to point fingers. My engagement is to help people to read and pay closer attention to the actions of the school board of Yazoo City, Miss.”
Delaware said she has attended two school board meetings in the past. She said she got the impression that public comment was not welcomed by the school trustees.
“It seems to me if you have to pay...you have to get a certified letter and send it five days in advance of the (school) meeting to speak,” she said. “It sounds like a poll tax to speak at a meeting.”
Delaware said she “ has a philosophy of winners and leaders.” She believes in defining problems, analyzing problems and spending time to look for a solution.
“At the school board meetings, you hear about all the problems,” Delaware said. “And after 12 years, you have so many classes that have passed through. It’s time to focus on a solution. Without education, you have nothing at all.”
In other city council news:
• Alderman Dr. Jack Varner said over the last year, the city council has had its share of disagreements. But he said he is pleased with the direction of the city.
“The town is showing evidence of being cleaned up,” he said. “We spent our money wisely. We hired some good employees. We have had a good year, and I look forward to having a better new year.”
Varner said he wishes all a Merry Christian Holiday.
• Alderman Ron Johnson asked that the community be aware of the children out for the school holidays. Pay attention to them as they celebrate their time off.
He also said he would like to embrace the campaign of “Keep Yazoo City Clean in 2016.”
“And as we give everybody Christmas presents, please give the gift of love,” he added.
• Alderman Gregory Robertson wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
“Keep Christ in Christmas and remember those less fortunate,” he said.
He also asked that the community continue to pray for the 80 employees of the YoungWilliams Call Center with its closure at the end of the year.