Posts Tagged ‘schools’

MSU researcher finds first link between avian flu and Chinese poultry

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University researcher has uncovered the first molecular evidence linking live poultry markets in China to human H5N1 avian influenza. Henry Wan, an assistant professor in systems biology at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, collaborated with scientists in the World Health Organization Collaborative Centers for Influenza in China and St. Jude […] [...]

School district not renewing contracts of teachers, staff

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Municipal School District will not renew the contracts of 59 teachers and support staff. Interim superintendent Dr. Martha Liddell says personnel cuts and other reductions will save the district $3.4 million. Officials say about $2.1 million in savings coming from eliminating 54 teachers. Three counselors, a coach and an administrator were […] [...]

Senate passes bill to consolidate Delta county schools

SUNFLOWER COUNTY — Legislation to consolidate administrations of three Sunflower County school districts passed the Mississippi Senate yesterday. The measure is the first item from Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ legislative agenda to be considered by the Senate. Senate Bill 2330 combines the administrations of Drew, Sunflower and Indianola school districts, which are currently under conservatorship […] [...]

County to partner with city, university on tennis facility project

OXFORD — Lafayette County will partner with the city of Oxford and the University of Mississippi in an expansion of the John Leslie Tennis Facility. The city and Ole Miss each committed $550,000 to a scaled-down project, which eliminates a viewing deck and clubhouse. The plan now calls for 12 new courts and a building […] [...]

Reeves not sure if schools will have to dip into reserves

JACKSON — It’s too early to decide whether local school districts should be required to tap into their financial reserves if there’s a dip in state education funding for the coming budget year, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said yesterday. When Gov. Phil Bryant, a fellow Republican, unveiled his budget last week, he recommended that the […] [...]

Ole Miss first to utilize new Mississippi Optical Network

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi is the first entity to begin using the new Mississippi Optical Network, referred to as MissiON. The network serves the Mississippi Research Consortium, which includes UM, Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi and Jackson State University. The network also serves the UM Medical Center, the Mississippi Department […] [...]

Willis resigns as USM VP after only seven months on job

HATTIESBURG — Russ Willis has resigned as the University of Southern Mississippi’s vice president for administrative affairs after only seven months in the position. The Hattiesburg American reports Willis was responsible for the financial management of the university, its physical plant and human resources. Taking over the position will be Chad Driskell, executive assistant to […] [...]

Lawmakers debating new charter school legislation

JACKSON — With even opponents conceding that a bill expanding charter schools in Mississippi is likely to pass, lawmakers are trying to hash out details of a new law. The alternative public schools promise high academic performance in exchange for freedom from rules governing regular public schools. But witnesses told House and Senate members yesterday […] [...]

Supervisors to view scaled-down tennis facility project

OXFORD — A scaled-down version of an expansion of the John Leslie Tennis Facility in Oxford will be presented to Lafayette County supervisors. The Oxford Eagle reports last year county officials wouldn’t agree to a $3 million proposal to expand the facility from eight to 20 tennis courts. Mayor Pat Patterson says the city and […] [...]

USM nursing school wants college status reinstated by Board

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi has asked the state College Board for college status to be returned to the School of Nursing for the first time since 2003. USM President Martha Saunders tells the Hattiesburg American she hopes the College Board will vote on the request in April. The school announced last week […] [...]

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