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Fitch wants new financial literacy program for students

TUPELO — State Treasurer Lynn Fitch says she wants to help Mississippi young people become more comfortable with handling their finances. Fitch is pushing a computerized financial literacy program in schools across Mississippi called Treasurer’s Education About Money. “We’re doing this to get them a critical life skill they so need. It’s important that they understand money,” Fitch said during ...

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Ole Miss conducting multiple building, renovation projects

OXFORD — Construction and renovation will create more student housing, classrooms and academic office space at the University of Mississippi. A yet-to-be-named dormitory is scheduled to open in August 2015 and will house 304 students, reported The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Chad Hunter, an architect for the university, said plans are being made for a housing complex to open in ...

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Shipbuilder wants grant for skills-training facility

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding has applied for a $1.3-million state grant to build a basic skills training annex to the nearly complete Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy. Jackson County has requested proposals for professional services, such as engineering, for the project. Officials tells The Mississippi Press the 4,105-square-foot multi-purpose classroom that will be able to hold 320 people. The room ...

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Schools want tax money; district in near $1M hole

NATCHEZ — The Natchez-Adams School District may ask taxpayers for more money next year. “The question now is how much and not if,” school board President Wayne Barnett said. “When (Superintendent Frederick) Hill looks at you and says, ‘I’ve cut all I can cut without affecting the quality of education,’ you have to listen to him.” The Natchez Democrat reports Hill ...

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School officials struggle with overcrowded classrooms

HERNANDO — DeSoto County school officials will not move students around the district this fall but will find some way to use existing buildings to deal with a growing enrollment. With more than 30,000 students in more than 40 schools across the county, DeSoto County Schools is Mississippi’s largest public district. Crowding has been a constant problem for the district ...

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Lab plans major expansion, including education center

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is growing, with near-term plans to open an 8,300-square-foot, four-classroom and lab addition in May and long-term plans to erect an $18-million Marine Education Center. The Mississippi Press reports the Marine Education Center is the education and outreach arm of the lab, and both are part of the University of Southern Mississippi. ...

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Board asked to hire more architects for school projects

HERNANDO — DeSoto County school board members will be asked to hire architects for expansion projects at two more schools as the state’s largest system continues to grapple with growth. The Commercial Appeal reports Hernando Hills and Southaven elementary schools would be targeted if board members approve the hirings. Last month, the board unanimously approved hiring Hernando-based AERC architects to ...

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Lawmakers learn of Education Department evaluation system

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are learning about teacher evaluations, possibly as preparation for basing educators’ pay on their performance. But some lawmakers may not realize the state Department of Education is in the midst of an intensive effort to create a statewide evaluation system. Andy Baxter of the Southern Regional Education Board made a presentation yesterday to members of the ...

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