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Oxford educator Jeff Clay honored

Oxford Middle School Principal Jeff Clay is the 2015 Oxford School District Administrator of the Year. He was presented with the professional recognition award at the district’s Board of Trustees March meeting. OSD Superintendent Brian Harvey says Clay “is truly one of the hardest working people I have had the opportunity to work with. He created his own professional learning ...

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DAVID DALLAS: All testy over third-grade reading results

The results are in: 15 percent of Mississippi’s third graders were unable to pass the reading test that allows them to advance to the fourth grade. Given our woeful funding and track record on education, perhaps we should take pride in the fact that eighty-five percent of the children were able to pass what amounts to a very simple reading test. While ...

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Daily Journal editor to head education foundation

TUPELO — Lloyd Gray, executive editor of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal for 23 years, is leaving the newspaper to become executive director of The Phil Hardin Foundation. The announcement was made Tuesday in the newspaper by Journal Publisher and CEO Clay Foster. Foster says no decision has been made on Gray’s successor. “Lloyd is an outstanding editor and an ...

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Faculty raises at USM the first in years

HATTIESBURG — Susan Hrostowski, associate professor of social work at the University of Southern Mississippi, hasn’t gotten a raise in about four years. “We are underpaid,” she said. “University faculty (around the country) are paid much more than we are here.” In a March letter to newspaper editors, Aubrey Patterson, president of the state College Board, said in six years, ...

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Court sets hearing on rewording initiative ballot

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court said Friday oral arguments will be heard June 9 on a lawsuit challenging a judge’s decision to reword a legislative alternative to an education funding ballot initiative. Briefs are to be filed by June 1. The citizen-led Initiative 42 would require lawmakers to fund “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools.” People ...

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JSU hires Carol Woodson as events director

Carol J. Woodson is the new events director at Jackson State University. She has more than 15 years experience in the event planning and management industry. She has spent the last four years as event manager for the Jackson Zoo. She’s a member of 2015 class of Greater Leadership Jackson and vice president of Metro Jackson Attractions Association. She has ...

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USM’s Dana Berry named to class

Dana Berry, assistant to the dean for Advisement and Records at The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology, has been named to the 2015 Leadership Pinebelt Class. Leadership Pinebelt has trained emerging and existing leaders since 1989 in greater Hattiesburg. Designed to broaden the base from which emerging leadership is derived, Leadership Pinebelt serves as a catalyst ...

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Mississippi gets $2.4 million to improve reading teachers

JACKSON — Mississippi will get $2.4 million to subsidize summer programs for struggling readers and improve teachers’ reading instruction methods. The three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, announced Tuesday, would be channeled through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, relying on board-certified teachers to mentor other teachers and become literacy coaches. The most immediate effort will be to ...

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Bryant nominates Columbus periodontist to College Board

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday nominated a periodontist from north Mississippi to serve on the 12-member state College Board. Dr. John W. Starr Jr., 57, lives in Columbus and has offices there and in Starkville. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Bryant chose Starr for a nine-year term that ...

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Huebner is new East Mississippi Community College president

SCOOBA — A veteran Alabama educator is the new president of East Mississippi Community College. WTVA-TV reports the school’s board of trustees selected Dr. Thomas Huebner to lead the school during a meeting Monday night. He will replace Dr. Rick Young, who retires June 30 after 11 years at EMCC. Huebner currently serves as the dean of student services at ...

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