Leader fortifying RFHS for change
Although still referred to as “Coach,” Derrick Dace officially has a new title–Principal. During his sixteen-year career in the field of education (nine of which were spent in Tunica County), he has coached girls’ basketball, varsity football and taught high school math. Dace believes his previous positions have given him experience in team building and leadership that will serve him well in his role as principal.
Dace’s educational philosophy centers on the idea that all children are capable of learning, and that it is the duty of teachers and administrators to see that each individual succeeds. He also acknowledges that it is the responsibility of the school to equip students with the skills necessary to become viable prospects in today’s job market.
There are, admittedly, challenges to fulfilling his vision of how this philosophy is implemented. The biggest obstacle he would like to address during his tenure is the issue of trust between the school and the community.
Taylors take on fight of their lives together
The Taylors are a most unique couple, unique in the fact that they both have had cancer, twice. Anne was the first to succumb with breast cancer in 1987. Back then there was no chemotherapy. The doctor did radical surgery and hoped for the best. Any type of cancer then was considered a death sentence. Luckily, Anne’s prognosis was the best. She stayed cancer free for 10 years.
Then in 1997, she discovered that she had Stage 4 cancer in the fluid around her lungs. It was inoperable, and it was terminal. She felt numb, and she never wants to see that “look” on Warren’s face again.
Church mourns couple
The death of a local church parishioner is still under investigation by authorities in DeSoto County.
Alex Ward was discovered dead in his home by neighbors on Saturday, Aug. 14. Investigators have stated that Ward was doused in an accelerant such as kerosene or gasoline and preliminary autopsy reports have indicated he died from smoke inhalation and thermal burns. He was found unresponsive in a bathtub inside his home in the Delta Bluff subdivision in Walls, Miss.
Ballot includes local posts
The qualifying deadline for two Board of Education positions is Friday, September 3, by 5 p.m.
The District 1 and District 2 seats will be on the November 2 ballot. Incumbent school board members from those districts are Marilyn Young, District 1, and Lawyer Porter Jr., District 2.
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