Monroe superintendent talks progress, cyber attacks at MCS Update Luncheon

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - On Wednesday, Monroe City School Superintendent Dr. Brent Vidrine gave the keynote address at the district's annual update luncheon. Vidrine spoke about the district's progress in 2019, starting in the classroom.

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"[We've been] paying attention to students," Vidrine said. "Paying attention to detail, that was probably the biggest thing. Just caring for kids."

Vidrine says that hard work is paying off. He says when the scores come out in a few weeks, both Neville and Wossman High Schools should be straight "A" rated, with Carroll not far behind.

"And I expect Carroll there this time next year," Vidrine said. "I've already told Dr. Eric Davis that I expect Carroll to grow at least 25 points."

But test scores weren't the only item on Wednesday's agenda. Vidrine says the city is still fighting back against the cyber attack that hit back in July.

"The conversation I could have with you in May about cyber crime and the conversation I could have with you today are totally different," he said. "We're rebuilding our entire system and where our system needs to be."

It's a rebuild that's had to cover 10,000 in-points in the network, or 10,000 places where a bug could get in. Vidrine says it's taken a while, but they're making sure it doesn't happen again.

"So, we're putting together a system that we need that can take us and transform us for the next 15-20 years, and where we need to be with cyber technology, and what our teachers need," he said. "But, it's a change and it's a learning aspect for all of our faculty and our staff. But, it's going to be great in the end when we conclude putting it all together."