Posts Tagged ‘school district’

Judge blocks takeover of school system; second district asks for stay

LEFLORE COUNTY and CLAIBORNE COUNTY — A Hinds County judge has blocked the state takeover of the Leflore County school district, while the Claiborne County school district is asking another judge to reverse a takeover. Judge Winston Kidd signed a temporary order blocking the Leflore takeover Monday, the same day Gov. Phil Bryant declared emergencies […] [...]

Bryant declares emergency in two school districts

CLAIBORNE COUNTY and LEFLORE COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency yesterday in the Claiborne County and Leflore County school districts, clearing the way for the state Department of Education to take them over. The State Board of Education last Friday sought the declaration so it could remove superintendents and school boards […] [...]

Board votes for emergency declaration for two school systems

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi state Board of Education is seeking to take over the Claiborne County and Leflore County school districts, but will grant the Yazoo City system a reprieve. The board voted this morning to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare states of emergency in Claiborne and Leflore. The move would mean that […] [...]

Toyota gives area schools $1M education grant

PONTOTOC — Officials of automaker Toyota handed over a $1 million education grant in ceremonies yesterday at Pontotoc Junior High School. WTVA reported the donation is part of Toyota’s commitment of $50 million over a 10-year period to schools in counties represented by the PUL Alliance — Pontotoc, Union and Lee. The PUL Alliance was […] [...]

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 violates ethics law, fined

TUPELO — Lee County Schools Superintendent Jimmy Weeks will repay the district more than $33,000 and pay a $10,000 fine for violating state ethics law. Weeks was cited by the Mississippi Ethics Commission for a cleaning and janitorial company he owned performing work for the school district. He offered to pay a $10,000 fine in […] [...]

School districts face state takeover this week

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Three Mississippi school districts have moved one step closer to a state takeover. The state Accrediting Commission recommended yesterday that states of emergency be declared in the Claiborne County, LeFlore County and Yazoo City school districts. The state would take over the district if the state Board of Education approves the recommendation […] [...]

Schools hire help to find site for vocational center

COLUMBUS — The Lowndes County School District has hired a firm to recommend four possible sites for a proposed vocational center. The Commercial Dispatch reports that the school board voted to hire Joey Henderson of JBHM in Columbus to conduct the studies. Schools Superintendent Lynn Wright said Henderson will survey the property, determine the access […] [...]

Board mulling state takeover of local school district

CLAIBORNE COUNTY — The state Board of Education has pulled back from revoking the accreditation of the Claiborne County schools, but only to consider a state takeover of the district. The board announced today that it voted unanimously in closed session yesterday to order the state’s accrediting commission to determine whether there is a state […] [...]

Auditor says schools breaking law with textbook policy

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi school systems are routinely violating a state law that says they have to issue a textbook to every student to take home, the state auditor says. Stacey Pickering said that many districts are only buying enough books for a set to keep in each classroom, which may mean a student can’t […] [...]

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