An aquarium and a STEM center are part of one superintendent's plan to empower a community through education

phenix-wilkesSeventy years ago, the Chattahoochee River was a beacon of opportunity, drawing men and their families to Phenix City, Alabama, to work on the mill. Seventy years later, many of those mill-workers’ descendants are living in projects, and their choices for employment and education seem slim.

When Randy Wilkes was appointed the superintendent of Phenix City Schools, located just across the river from Columbus, Georgia, in June 2014, he brought with him a mission...

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