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School and city leaders announce community education meeting

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CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Canton city leaders and school officials are making a plea to the community to take an active role in improving their academic standing.

Tuesday afternoon, Canton Mayor Dr. William Truly announced plans for the Wednesday meeting where he asks parents, churches and other organizations to attend.

Canton Public Schools Liaison John Brown and Alderman Eric Jilkey joined the mayor as he talked about the meeting that will include MS State Department of Education officials.

Truly said the public will hear information that clears up false rumors about the district's failing status and plans for conversion to charter schools.

"Three of our schools did remarkably well. They're successful schools. The high school itself has an F status that caused the entire district to have an F status," said Truly.

According to Canton school officials, the high school did not meet growth and is now labeled low performing.

Officials said math, history and science test scores must improve and the meeting with state officials will identify problems.

That meeting will be held Wednesday at six o'clock at Nichols Middle School.

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