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Musgrove: About 30 more school districts might join lawsuit

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said yesterday that about 30 more school districts are considering whether to join an education-funding lawsuit he filed against the state. Fourteen districts, including Greenville and Hattiesburg, are already plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which seeks money to make up for budget shortfalls since 2010 because the Legislature has […] [...]

Mississippi Polymer Institute lends assistance to seven manufacturers

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Polymer Institute provided technical assistance to seven Mississippi-based manufacturing companies yielding over $4 million in direct financial impact and resulting in the creation of 36 new jobs in Mississippi, according to data compiled by InnovateMEP Mississippi. The analysis included third-party national surveys of manufacturers by NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership for survey […] [...]

‘Voice of the Bulldogs’ Jack Cristil dies at 88

STARKVILLE — Jack Cristil, who called more than 1,500 Mississippi State contests, has died. In a news release, the university said Cristil died last night at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo of complications from kidney disease and cancer after an extended illness. He was 88. Cristil was the “Voice of the Bulldogs” for 58 […] [...]

Belhaven University sets new fall enrollment record

JACKSON — Belhaven University’s fall enrollment broke all previous records with a total of 4,215 students. This is an increase of 329 students over last year, and a one-year jump of over 8 percent. The private university recorded its largest influx of traditional students (18-22) on the main Jackson campus, with a total of 1,211. […] [...]

Charter school board receives applications for more than a dozen new schools

JACKSON — Mississippi’s charter school board has received letters from 10 organizations that say they intend to apply for 17 schools. The board is scheduled to vote on approvals in December. It can approve up to 15 schools per year, but earlier this year approved only one at the end of the first-ever application process. […] [...]

Charter school board votes to hire Louisiana woman as executive director

JACKSON — An official with Louisiana’s Recovery School District is likely to be the first executive director of Mississippi’s Charter School Authorizer Board. The board voted 5-0 yesterday to hire Marian Schutte, pending approval by the state Personnel Board. If that board approves, Schutte could start work by early November, in time to help the […] [...]

MGCCC again makes national ranking for awarding associate degrees

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has again been named a top associate degree producer in the nation, with 1,754 students receiving degrees in 2013. This is the 11th year since 2002 that MGCCC has been named in the top 100, and it is the only community college in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and […] [...]

Association gets funding for work on Grant’s personal memoirs

STARKVILLE — A grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission will allow the Ulysses S. Grant Association to continue its work on the first two volumes of the personal memoirs of President Ulysses S. Grant. The grant of $43,490 will be used by the association for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The association is […] [...]

More than a dozen school districts sue state over funding

JACKSON — Fourteen Mississippi school districts sued the state yesterday, seeking money they say they were illegally shorted by the state’s public school funding formula over the last six years. The lawsuit also asks a judge to order lawmakers to never again underfund the Mississippi Adequate Educational Program. State lawmakers have underfunded the formula by […] [...]

Voters in Okolona approve school bond issue

OKOLONA — Voters in Okolona have approved a $2 million school bond issue. The announcement of Tuesday’s election results were held up while local officials counted 465 absentee ballots yesterday. Complete but unofficial returns show 62 percent of those voting approved the bond issue. A 60 percent margin was required for passage. The bulk of […] [...]

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