Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ visit to Madison Central last week says a lot about the school’s focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes.

He also got a look at some other disciplines, including being on the hot seat on the student-run news show.

Reeves was escorted through the halls of Madison Central by Principal Austin Brown, Superintendent Dr. Ronnie McGehee and several representatives of the student body.

We are fortunate to have that kind of leadership in our public schools in Madison County.

The lieutenant governor was obviously impressed.

“I really enjoyed everything we saw here today,” Reeves said. “This is one of the best school districts in all of Mississippi. I think they are providing a lot of wonderful opportunities for their kids to learn and it’s really exciting to see.”

And he’s correct, the Madison County district is the finest!

His first class was bio-medical science with Dr. Betsy Sullivan. The students demonstrated parts of an experiment involving yeast and cut up pieces of potatoes. They also demonstrated programs they use in class in conjunction with the hands-on portions of the lab.

Then it was news time. Reeves visited a video production class that is part of the school’s Multi-Media Communications Academy to demonstrate how they were incorporating technology into non-STEM fields.

“It’s just technology on caffeine in here,” Brown joked.

The class is supervised, but many of their productions appear to be largely student-led.

That independence is important in preparation for the real world.

We hope they gave Lt. Gov. Reeves a copy of the printed student newspaper which has consistently demonstrated excellence for decades.

Communication today is one of the most important fields and there’s a lot of opportunity. Those who can communicate best — i.e., write and speak — will win the day in the future.

Lt. Gov. Reeves was told their duties include the morning announcements and big videos for sporting events and have even done work for some businesses and are preparing videos for Madison the City Chamber of Commerce’s 30-year celebration. They have lights, cameras and editing equipment at their disposal as well as access to at least two green screen sets.

“I have filmed a lot of political ads in studios that look just like this,” Reeves said, remarking on the quality of their studio.

While students hustle around readying a script and putting batteries in cameras, Reeves is asked a warm up question he is warned will be very “controversial.”

“Cat person or dog person,” the host asked.

Reeves laughed and said he had to give a political answer.

“My wife and daughters are dog people, so we have a dog,” he said.

Reeves went on to answer questions about his background in education and what got him into politics. He talked about dreams to be a professional basketball player, his time at Millsaps studying economics and finance and his work in the field and how that prepared him for a career in politics.

Important in this era of divisiveness, he also mentioned the importance of working with both sides of the political aisle to accomplish goals and his own goals to foster the best job climate for the state.

“In politics you have to remember that you represent not just everyone that voted for you, but also those who voted against you,” Reeves said.

His last stop was an engineering track that starts at Rosa Scott and continues into high school where students learn skills related to problem solving and design.

In a real-world setting, the students use high-tech CAD imaging programs and 3D printers as well as learning practical skills like soldering.

“We are really proud of what we are doing here at Madison Central and we really enjoyed having the lieutenant governor here today,” Brown said. “I really think he liked what he saw and hope he can continue to help replicate our success across the state.”

We’ll take that a step further to suggest Lt. Gov. Reeves go back to the Senate and demand significant education reform that models the best in Madison County and other high-performing districts.

So many Mississippi school districts suffer, but here’s an opportunity to be inspired by our Madison County public schools and lead the reform effort.