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Brookhaven schools borrow $255K to address budget shortfall

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BROOKHAVEN — The Brookhaven School District is borrowing $255,000 to address a budget shortfall. Superintendent Ben Cox tells The Daily Leader that property tax collections have not kept up with expenses. The funds will be repaid over three years. Cox says last year tax collections were short of what they requested by about $212,000. He says the school district absorbed ...

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UM offers new hybrid doctorate in K-12 leadership

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OXFORD — A new doctoral program at the University of Mississippi is designed for working principals, superintendents and district-level administrators. The School of Education’s doctor of education degree in K-12 leadership will combine online coursework and traditional seminars on weekends. Doug Davis, director of the program, says in a news release that the degree requires six semesters of part-time study ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Academic standards ‘public’ input a joke

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When all is said and done and the board votes in December, we will finally have a set of Mississippi-centric college- and career-ready standards that every person in the state has had an opportunity to comment on,” touted state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright. Not exactly. The input tool provided by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) works for education ...

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JSU promotes Dr. Nicole Edwards Evans

Jackson State University has promoted Dr. Nicole Edwards Evans to vice president and to the president’s Cabinet. Previously, Evans, a native of Jackson, served as associate provost for Institutional Research, Planning and Enrollment Management in which she was instrumental in pushing JSU to record enrollment of more than 9,500 students. As well, she was pivotal in increasing JSU’s online degree ...

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Adam Breerwood to lead Pearl River Community College

The Pearl River Community College Board of Trustees has designated Dr. Adam Breerwood president-elect of the two-year college, to succeed PRCC President William Lewis upon his retirement. Breerwood,  40, serves as vice president for the Poplarville Campus and Hancock Center. He has been affiliated with PRCC as an employee since 1997 when he was hired as assistant baseball coach and ...

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Analysis: Ballot titles important in school funding fight

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  There’s a good reason that attorneys have committed hours to researching, writing and arguing about two brief items that will appear on the Mississippi ballot this November. Both items deal with the state’s commitment to education funding. If one of them becomes part of the state constitution, it could shape the Legislature’s budget-writing process for decades to come. That ...

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Traci Spence returns to Pearl River CC

Traci Comesana Spence has returned to Pearl River Community in Poplarville to be coordinator of alumni services and Development Foundation administrative assistant. Spence, a graduate of Purvis High School, earned an associate’s degree from PRCC in 2005. She went on to Louisiana State University where she earned a business marketing degree. She worked for the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi ...

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Mississippi Gulf CCC board adds Denise Doyle

Denise James Doyle began her term on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Board of Trustees on March 16. A continuing professional education associate with Steve Passin & Associates, Doyle received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. She is treasurer for the Gulf Coast Symphony Guild and the chair of Marketing and Membership for the Gulf Coast Symphony ...

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Pear River CC’s sports spokesman Mitch Deaver dies at 62

POPLARVILLE — Mitch Deaver, a fixture along the sidelines of Pearl River Community College athletic fields and courts, died Monday at his home. Deaver, 62, was sports information director at PRCC, a position he had held since April 1996. He was known throughout the s for his cooperation and by sports editors for the quality of his photography. He is ...

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