Letters to the Editor

Be proud of our Coast schools

Underfunded schools in Mississippi rank 48-50 in the U.S.

To the parents and students of Mississippi’s Coast schools: You don't exactly live in “Mississippi” since our schools would rank in the nation’s top five if considered separate from the state. Coast schools are far superior to those in northeastern states and cities, including New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Boston, etc.

When Coast students began the new school year this month, they entered classes offering everything “cutting edge,” both academically and physically — for free. School districts in the lower three counties are palaces/fortresses that are safe for your child, even from a tornado or hurricane.

Sidwell Friends School, a private school in Washington, D.C., costs $40,000 per year in tuition and barely has more than St. Martin High School, Ocean Springs High School or Biloxi High School, which are free.

Do coastal residents really think schools with limited land in northeastern and West Coast cities can afford the type of facilities in South Mississippi? SMH alone has everything but a separate auditorium: immaculate classrooms, separate stadiums for basketball, football, soccer, baseball and softball, which are all lighted, including eight tennis courts — all free.

Glen Dowdle

Ocean Springs