The Neshoba County School District was presented the Lighthouse School Leader Lantern Award by the Mississippi School Boards Association during the Honoree Luncheon of the 2013 Winter Leadership Conference in Jackson   on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

In attendance to receive the award was Neshoba County Superintendent of Education, Tommy L. Dearing and Assistant Superintendent, Trina Cheatham. 

The MSBA Lighthouse School Leader awards program was established by the Mississippi School Boards Association at the beginning of the 2003-2004 School Year, in recognition of the unsung efforts of school districts to meet more rigorous state and federal accountability standards.

The Lantern Award is presented to school districts that achieve an accountability level of "B" and have no schools with an accountability level below "C."

Neshoba County School District was one of only thirty-one districts in the state to receive such an honor.

"I am truly honored for the district to receive this award," Dearing said. "It is a testimony to the dedication of our staff, the potential of our students, the support of parents and the community, and the leadership of administration and the school board. I could not be more pleased for the district to have made such progress just one and a half years in this position. I am extremely grateful for the hard work it has taken to reach this level."