Hamilton County District 5 community meeting highlights success, challenges facing schools

Barista Mosley Jones speaks during a District 5 Community Schools Meeting Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at Brainerd High School.

Karitsa Mosley Jones highlighted the successes and challenges facing the schools she represents on the Hamilton County school board during a community meeting Monday night.

"We all know our kids are faced with socioeconomic obstacles," Mosley Jones told those gathered in Brainerd High School's auditorium. "... let's stop condemning our kids and start empowering them."

photo Brainerd High principal Uras Agee speaks during a District 5 Community Schools Meeting Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at Brainerd High School.

photo Interim superintendent of Hamilton County Schools Dr. Kirk Kelly speaks during a District 5 Community Schools Meeting Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at Brainerd High School.

Mosley Jones represents District 5, which contains a large share of minority and poor students, as well as three of the five schools that could be taken over by the state this summer because of years of low performance.

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