The school day starts at 7:50 a.m., but some students consistently arrive hours late - late enough to miss the part of the day that focuses on reading.
The school is crowded, too. Built for 370 students, it had about 500 last year. Watts thinks the school board needs to address that by providing additional space or by redistricting.
He also suggests finding a way to call parents in the morning to see if they are getting their children ready for school - and call again shortly thereafter to make sure the children are on their way.
A school and a community are trying to forge that supportive connection that will send a clear message to children and parents.
The determined - school board, school faculty, community leaders, parents - are together taking on daunting odds. They are likely to win in the end.
Thursday night is another chance to have at it.