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Schools get new interim superintendent

PRENTISS COUNTY — The Prentiss County School Board has appointed retired administrator Billy D. Stroupe to serve as interim superintendent. Stroupe replaces Todd Swinney, who was serving in that position on a temporary basis while continuing to fulfill his principal duties at Wheeler School. Swinney was appointed after Matt Smith resigned as superintendent last month. Smith has since been hired ...

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USM, facing budget woes, looks for researcher

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi’s fiscal crisis — with its threat of triple-digit faculty cuts in fiscal year 2012 — has grave implications for its external funding operation, as well. “You are going to run into a capacity problem — you will not have the (number of) faculty to sustain your research operation,” said Cecil Burge, vice president ...

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Mayor will pay for trip to China

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree says he is paying his own way on a previously-reported trip this month to Linyi, China. DuPree tells the Hattiesburg American that he will travel with his wife instead of taking two members of his administration as he had previously announced. The DuPrees will be tagging along with a delegation from William Carey University. ...

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USM to dedicate new Trent Lott Center

HATTIESBURG — A new facility, to be dedicated tomorrow at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), will serve as the hub of academic and outreach efforts for the institution’s ongoing focus on economic advancement. A dedication ceremony for the newly completed Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship is set for March 5 at 5:30 p.m. ...

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Lawmakers approve school year option

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has voted to give school districts the option of keeping children in class five fewer days for each of the next two years. That would take the academic year from 180 days to 175. Districts also could remove five non-instructional days. Senate Education Committee Chairman Videt Carmichael of Meridian says shortening the school year would ...

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Budget woes threaten teacher stipends

JACKSON — Mississippi’s budget situation could result in some top teachers losing pay supplements. More than 200 Rankin County teachers and about 40 in Hinds County could lose their $6,000 annual National Board Certification stipend in the 2011 budget. The supplement is based on state funding, but Mississippi’s revenue collections are millions of dollars below projections. Administrators in those districts ...

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School superintendent gets axed

MERIDIAN — The Meridian Public School District has fired its superintendent. Charlie Kent had held the district’s top administrative job since July 2008. School board vice president Don Evans announced Friday that Kent was fired during a closed meeting Thursday night. Kent had no immediate comment when contacted Friday by The Meridian Star. The district’s accreditation was lowered in recent ...

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Merger out, consolidation in

MSU, MUW look to cut costs together While legislation that would have merged Mississippi University for Women (MUW) into Mississippi State University (MSU) did not pass out of the Mississippi Legislature this year, the two public universities have begun a State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)-directed consolidation of programs due to state budget cuts. The two universities have already struck ...

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Education funding a case for exceptionalism

Should Mississippi make an exception to education when it comes to budget-cutting? Even asking the question invites controversy.  Yet, now is the time that the question must be asked because the stakes are so high when it comes to the future of the state. And, now is the time that something exceptional must be considered by Mississippi’s besieged policy makers. ...

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No regrets

Limbert reflects on MUW presidency Dr. Claudia Limbert had been president of Mississippi University for Women (MUW) for a mere four months when a tornado ripped through the historic campus. It was a bad wind – literally and figuratively. “And, I was the university’s 13th president,” Limbert said with a laugh. It would be the first of many “storms” that ...

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