Posts Tagged ‘public education’

Report ranks state schools’ performance 51st in the nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Despite strong state standards, Mississippi students are not catching up to the rest of the nation, ranking last in a school performance evaluation released today. Education Week’s Quality Counts report puts Mississippi 51st among the states and Washington, D.C., in K-12 student achievement. That is actually down a notch from last year. […] [...]

Conservator: Schools had too many employees

GREENWOOD — The conservator of the Leflore County School District had almost twice as many employees as it should have. Robert Strebeck, sent by the state to bring the failing district back into shape, told a civic club in Greenwood this week that overstaffing is just one of many problems he has discovered since arriving […] [...]

Schools appealing audit; superintendent calls it ‘witch hunt’

SCOTT COUNTY — The Scott County school district will appeal a state audit claiming it’s violating state standards. Superintendent Bingham Moncrief tells The Clarion-Ledger that the September accreditation audit was a “witch hunt.” The state Department of Education says Scott County violated 20 of 27 standards reviewed. The audit claims, among other things, that the […] [...]

Ex-school superintendent cannot meet restitution payment

GREENVILLE — The former superintendent of a school district in the Mississippi Delta convicted in federal bribery case says he can’t make a $75,000 mid-January restitution payment ordered by a judge. Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin was sentenced to 76 months this month for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence […] [...]

Ex-school superintendent gets jail time for bribery

GREENVILLE — The former superintendent of a school district in the Mississippi Delta has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for bribery related to a $1.4 million reading program for children. Former Greenville Public School District superintendent Harvey Franklin was sentenced to 76 months Wednesday for taking more than $270,000 in bribes […] [...]

Georgia woman to get house arrest for bribery; ex-superintendent wants leniency

GREENVILLE — Federal prosecutors are recommending house arrest for a Georgia woman charged with bribing a Mississippi school superintendent in a district that spent $1.4 million to use her reading program for children, according to court records. Edna Goble, who owned Teach Them To Read in Conyers, Ga., did business with the Greenville Public School […] [...]

Accounting error nets school system $1M-plus

BRANDON — A billing mistake worked in favor of the Rankin County School District to the tune of more than $1 million. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann presented a check to the school district yesterday. The error was attributed to an accounting problem by a gas company that leases oil and gas rights from the […] [...]

School district building new vo-tech center; old center to be renovated

HORN LAKE — The DeSoto County school system will build a new vocational-technical education center in Horn Lake. School Superintendent Milton Kuykendall told The Commercial Appeal that the old vo-tech center will be renovated to provide more classrooms at Southaven high and middle schools. The new center site is 70 acres at U.S. Highway 51 […] [...]

School superintendent resigns after administrative leave, police visit

PHILADELPHIA — Dr. Terry Larabee has agreed to resign as superintendent of the Philadelphia Public School District. The Neshoba Democrat reports that the school board announced Larabee’s resignation in a statement yesterday. The board says it will pay $100,000 to settle the differences between the parties. It says Larabee is giving up the remainder of […] [...]

Committee eyeing key dates in proposed school merger

STARKVILLE — As the start of the state’s next legislative session approaches, Starkville-Oktibbeha County school consolidation committee members say two key November dates will help give clarity to the group’s almost yearlong efforts. The Commission on Starkville Consolidated School District Structure scheduled two dates pivotal to its report: a public hearing is scheduled for 6 […] [...]

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