Officials and economists say the quality of K-12 education has a strong impact on the local economy.

Minden Economic Development Director James Graham says education plays a key role in selling the City of Minden as a package to prospective businesses coming to the area.

“Having a quality K-12 program is extremely important because children that are taught well and have good experiences in school are able to understand what it means to work and understand the value of work when they graduate,” he said. “They are also prepared for the next stage of their development, whether it’s going off to work

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