Assignment Education Series: Noxubee County School District

NOXUBEE CO., Miss. (WTOK) - We continue our Special Series: Assignment Education, where we look at ratings for area school districts given by the Mississippi Department of Education. Today, we're focusing on the Noxubee County School District.

The Noxubee County School District ranked near the bottom of the state after receiving an overall "F" rating. Noxubee County High School improved to a "C" rating, but it was the "only" school in the District to earn above an "F" rating. Last week we reported Noxubee County was one of three schools the state could take over due to poor academic performance. The District was one of two in the state that the Mississippi Department of Education panel recommended to place the highest priority on taking over.

Newscenter 11 has tried to set up interviews with Noxubee County School Officials to talk about the serious problem. In fact, we've called Superintendent Roger Liddell at least five times since October and have emailed every school board member requesting information, but officials would not return our calls or emails. We were finally able to have a conversation with Superintendent Roger Liddell when we drove to the Central Office in Macon this morning. Mr. Liddell declined any type of interview until after the Thanksgiving Holiday Break.

As part of the latest rating, Noxubee County School District was one of 9 school systems in the state to receive an overall “F” rating.