“It’s important for our students to understand that they have opportunities. It’s imperative (that) we ensure they know about those opportunities, then we must provide them with the skills and the capacity to meet those demands. They need to be prepared. That’s what you can expect from me.”

That’s just one of the quotes from Pine Bluff Superintendent Jeremy Owoh that impressed us when he spoke Tuesday afternoon at a welcome ceremony sponsored by Delta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Owoh is in a tough situation, and he needs all of our support. He’s definitely got ours. Reach out to him and let him he has yours, too.

Owoh was brought in by the state to run the Pine Bluff School District after it was declared to be in fiscal distress last month. The school board was dissolved, and the interim superintendent was fired. Owoh is tasked with righting the ship, so to speak. That means ensuring that money is spent correctly and that improvements are seen across the board — from academics to facilities and finances.

We have confidence that he will succeed, but he can’t do it alone.

Here are more of his words from Tuesday’s event:

“We believe our students here really deserve the best. You can hold me accountable because I want to make sure our students — all students — succeed. All means all — not 98 percent, not 99.5 percent. We’re going to make sure we meet the needs and provide them with the resources they need to matriculate either to a two-year college or a four-year college or straight into a job.

“It’s important for our students to understand that they have opportunities. It’s imperative (that) we ensure they know about those opportunities, then we must provide them with the skills and the capacity to meet those demands. They need to be prepared. That’s what you can expect from me.”

Owoh also urged the community, especially parents, to attend the state of the district meeting so that they can stay informed about current news involving PBSD.

“Join us,” he said. “One person cannot do it. I cannot do it by myself. We need our community support. We need our parents to be engaged. We need you there at our state of the district address. It’s going to take a partnership, not just to get out of fiscal distress, but to ensure that all of our students — remember all means all — it will take all of us, working shoulder to shoulder, elbow to elbow, ensuring that all of our students are receiving the very best educational opportunities.”

We want to urge… .

No, urge isn’t the right word.

We implore you to be there for this meeting.

Education is directly tied to economic development. For Pine Bluff to succeed, we must have a top-notch education system in place. If we build it, success will come. We must support Owoh in his efforts to rebuild the Pine Bluff School District.

The future of our city depends on it.