Jax Co. NAACP 'Excited' About School District's Minority Hiring

MARIANNA, Fla. - Jackson County NAACP members say they're excited about the school district's recent hiring of two minority educators in high ranking positions.

Last week Rico Williams was announced as Head Coach for the Marianna High School Basketball Team.

According to the organization, he's the first African American head coach in the school's history.

Williams was recommended by Principal Hunter Nolan.

Last week the school board also announced another African American educator, Ronald Mitchell, as the Sneads High School Principal.

Jackson County NAACP President Ronstance Pittman believes the district is on the right path.

"We [Pittman & Supt. Larry Moore] sat down and agreed that it would be a good idea to make a 50/50 ratio as a hiring goal in order to increase the numbers of minorities in Jackson County, and so we both agreed and so it looks like we are on that path right now."

According to Pittman, the school district employed more than 100 minority teachers in the late sixties to early seventies.

She believes now, it's about half that number.

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