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      School leaders discuss the state of education

      The State of Education Address is an annual opportunity for education leaders to discuss issues affecting local students.

      Kirksville educators did just that Friday morning at the annual breakfast roundtable discussion held by the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce.

      College officials discussed student retention and methods for attracting quality professors, while high school and elementary school representatives talked about curriculum changes and graduation rates.

      A home school educator also spoke to audience members about the advantages of home schooling children.

      Kirksville Schools Superintendent Patrick Williams believes Kirksville is very strong in terms of education.

      "One of our more significant challenges, of course, is similar throughout education. That's funding, continuing to meet the needs of our young people. That takes resources, advantages, and we've been very successful at that. But that continues to be a challenge," said Williams.

      Williams says the annual state of education address is a great opportunity to share the challenges and successes of the school year.