Posts Tagged ‘elementary education’

Pickering calls results of school system audits ‘alarming’

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Office of the State Auditor has released the 2012-2013 Mississippi Student Information System (MSIS) School Audits Comprehensive Annual Report. During the previous school year, OSA conducted audits in 46 school districts totaling 146 schools across the state. “Each school district is required to submit specific student and personnel information to the […] [...]

State’s public schools get report card; 20 get an ‘F’

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Here’s how the 151 Mississippi public school districts in 2013 were rated under the state’s A-to-F grading system for their 2013 performance, along with how they were rated in 2012. Not rated in 2012 were the Clarksdale, Corinth and Gulfport districts, which used non-standard curricula as part of a state-sponsored effort. Sunflower […] [...]

School superintendent turns down ‘Excellence for All’ funding

GREENWOOD — School superintendent Montrell Greene has declined $50,000 in to facilitate a national “Excellence for All” initiative in Greenwood. It was money awarded to the district last year. The program aims to give students more than one path to graduation, and in some cases it allows them to begin college-level courses while in high […] [...]

School superintendent terminated after party funds, travel questions

COLUMBUS — City schools superintendent Martha Liddell has been fired. The action came in a 3-2 vote of the Columbus school board. No interim superintendent was named. Controversy has surrounded Liddell after questions were raised about her use of district funds and personnel for a private party and excessive travel. Liddell had said she reimbursed […] [...]

Former school principal’s trial for embezzlement re-scheduled

HERNANDO — Former Olive Branch Middle School principal Mike McCoy, who was indicted on conspiracy and embezzlement charges, will be now be tried in August. The Commercial Appeal reports McCoy’s trial was scheduled for trial next week. McCoy’s trial date is now set for Aug. 19 in DeSoto County Circuit Court in Hernando. If he […] [...]

Public comment sought for new school-rating plan

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Graduation rates will make a difference this year in how Mississippi high schools and school districts are rated. The state Board of Education is likely today to seek public comment on a plan to add four-year graduation rates to the numerical formula that rates high schools and school districts. The board is […] [...]

Senate passes House’s education bill; includes charter schools

JACKSON — In their latest plan to improve Mississippi public schools, state senators are offering a compromise on requirements to become a teacher and doing away with a proposal to make it easier for the state to take over troubled schools. The Senate voted 28-23 to approve its version of House Bill 890. It includes […] [...]

School district still challenged by tornado damage

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Public School District officials still are finding damage from the Feb.10 tornado that struck Forrest and Lamar counties. The Hattiesburg American reports an assessment of the destruction at the transportation center has revealed 90 percent of the district’s vehicles were damaged. Superintendent James Bacchus said it is estimated there was about $80,000 in […] [...]

Judge rejects Delta school district’s desegregation plan

CLEVELAND — A federal judge has rejected a desegregation plan submitted by the Cleveland School District that relied on creation of magnet programs to attract whites to schools that are predominately black. The Bolivar Commercial reports U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson’s ruling came this past week. In Cleveland, two middle schools and two high […] [...]

Education officials want emergency declaration in Oktibbeha County

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY — The Mississippi Board of Education (MBE) determined that an extreme emergency situation exists in the Oktibbeha County School District. Acting on a recommendation from the Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation, the MBE voted unanimously to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency for the school district. The Oktibbeha County […] [...]

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