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DAVID DALLAS: Mississippi’s in’adequate’ public schools

Public School Districts all over Mississippi are still signing up to sue the state for lack of funding according to the formula established under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. MAEP, as it is called, passed as law in 1997 and has only been “adequately” funded twice. 19 districts have signed on to the lawsuit so […] [...]

State’s universities save $70M over eight years through energy efficiencies

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The state’s public universities have saved $70 million over the past eight years through efforts to reduce energy consumption and increase energy efficiency, according to a report made recently to the Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning. “Many hands were involved in creating these cost savings and they are […] [...]

USM renovating facilities for new home of College of Health

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi plans to renovate Joseph Greene Hall and part of its Chain Technology Building for its College of Health. The College Board approved an architect to plan the renovation, projected to cost $7 million. USM’s College of Business plans to vacate Greene Hall early next year for the new […] [...]

HCC works deal with MSU Extension Service for land to expand

RAYMOND — Hinds Community College will expand its nursing and allied health programs in Jackson after agreeing to move Mississippi State University Extension Service employees to college property in Raymond. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted Sept. 2 to accept the swap. The college will gain use of 11.5 acres and two buildings. President […] [...]

Education leaders applying for $15M in grants for pre-kindergarten program

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Education plans to seek grants from the federal government worth up to $15 million a year for four years to expand an existing pre-kindergarten program. That money could boost Mississippi’s fledgling effort to provide state-paid preschool for 4-year-olds. Supporters had hoped lawmakers would expand the amount of money they […] [...]

Board approves emergency contract for Common Core tests

JACKSON — The state Board of Education approved an emergency contract yesterday that means Mississippi’s public school students will take multistate tests this year to evaluate student mastery of the Common Core state standards. The board approved the $8.3 million contract with a unit of Pearson, PLC in a closed session. The one-year stopgap comes […] [...]

USM breaks ground for new College of Nursing facility

HATTIESBURG — University of Southern Mississippi faculty, staff, students and administrators were joined by state dignitaries and university supporters Wednesday for the official groundbreaking of Asbury Hall, the future home of USM’s College of Nursing. Dr. Katherine Nugent, dean of the College of Nursing at Southern Miss, said, “This has been an eight-year journey. I […] [...]

School superintendent says he never intended to hire wife’s uncle, but recommended him

COLUMBUS — A school superintendent in north Mississippi said this week that he never intended to hire his wife’s uncle for a district job, despite recommending it. Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Philip Hickman spoke to the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday and was asked about the integrity of hiring relatives to work for the district, […] [...]

Alcorn getting federal funding to study small farming operations

LORMAN — Alcorn State University will receive federal agriculture research resources to study how small farming operations in rural Mississippi can fight crop diseases. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), who is ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee and who serves on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $246,318 […] [...]

Former Alcorn administrator/interim president Waters dies at 82

LORMAN — Alcorn State University says former President Rudolph Waters has died. The university says Water, a longtime dean and vice president, died Sunday at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg after an extended illness. Waters, 82, served as interim president of Alcorn in parts of 1994 and 1995. He worked at Alcorn for 48 […] [...]

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