Edwards takes success to West Tallahatchie
by Rory Doyle
Jul 17, 2013 | 2124 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former Ruleville Central High School principal Dr. Darron La’Monte Edwards will now take over as superintendent for the West Tallahatchie School District.
Former Ruleville Central High School principal Dr. Darron La’Monte Edwards will now take over as superintendent for the West Tallahatchie School District.
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After three years as the principal of Ruleville Central High School, Dr. Darron La’Monte Edwards of Ruleville has been appointed to the position of superintendent by the board of trustees of the West Tallahatchie School District.

Edwards, who began he new post on July 1, said he's thrilled to take on the leadership role for the district.

"I'm extremely optimistic about the opportunities and possibilities, as well as the challenges, that come with the role of superintendent," said Edwards. "I'm so humble and blessed to have such a unique opportunity to transform the lives of our children — my excitement is impossible to contain."

Prior to this appointment, he helped Ruleville Central achieve a “successful” school performance label. The school also showed consistent academic improvements each year.

Before he began as principal, the Sunflower County School District was taken over by the Mississippi Department of Education and a state-appointed conservator was assigned.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, he successfully led the state mandated consolidation of Drew Hunter High School and Ruleville Central.

Under Edwards' transformative leadership, the school went from failing to successful in only two years.

He hopes to bring the same positive results to West Tallahatchie.

"I'm looking forward to meeting all the stakeholders and working collectively to achieve higher levels of academics success," said Edwards. "I'm naturally competitive so I'm looking forward to the educational challenges necessary to move this district to achievement levels higher than West Tallahatchie School District has ever attained.

"We want to be "winners" in the classroom. We want to be the best."

Edwards has already established a number of goals to help improve performance. These include: increase student achievement levels at every school by at least 10 percent in year one; increase student reading grade level by one grade level by the end of year 1; increase SATP passing rates by 10 percent in all four state tested areas; increase MCT2 advanced and proficient students by 10 percent; increase graduation rates by 10 percent; and decrease the student dropout rate by 10 percent.

Edwards, a graduate of Ruleville Central, excelled in athletics as a member of the baseball team. He said the transition out of town is bittersweet.

"I will miss the students the most," he said. "The relationships with students go back to my first year as a principal and now those students will be and juniors and seniors. I'm truly going to miss them.

"I will also miss the staff members and parents — especially those parents who were loyal to me as a person and a leader — and supporters who were unwaveringly dedicated to our alma mater."

He received his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi Valley State University and his master's from Delta State University.

He earned his educational specialist and doctorate degrees from Mississippi State University.

Edwards is the oldest child of former superintendent of Sunflower County School District, Thomas Edwards Sr. and Ruleville Mayor Shirley J. Edwards.

He is married to wife Stephanie with two children, Chelbe’ and Myles.

"I'm looking forward to making the Mississippi Delta better through improving the quality of educational services provided by the West Tallahatchie District," added Edwards.