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School attorney asking governor for delay in board elections

FOREST — €” The attorney for the Scott County schools is asking the governor to put new school board elections on hold until new district lines are drawn. School board attorney Noble Lee says the current lines that separate the district into five zones do not meet federal standards according to population rates based on the most recent census. “I ...

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USM report links school board behavior to student performance

HATTIESBURG — Research by Dr. David Lee, associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Southern Mississippi, and his research team has linked the behavior of school boards with student achievement in their districts. This study suggests that school board behavior does matter, and if gains are to be made in low-performing districts, behaviors must change at the board ...

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School board members could face elections in 2016

JACKSON — Mississippi House members are trying again to pass legislation that would require school board members to be elected. But they’re willing to let voters decide on electing or appointing local school superintendents. The House Education Committee voted yesterday to require school board members to be elected starting in 2016. The panel also voted to require the roughly 60 ...

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Lawmakers pass teacher pay bill, but is it legal?

JACKSON — The Mississippi House yesterday passed a bill meant to ensure teachers get a full paycheck in August, but school board leaders say they don’t believe the proposal is legal. The dispute is wrapped up in an effort by school boards and superintendents to roll back a 2012 legislative mandate that classes can’t start before the third Monday in ...

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Schools hire help to find site for vocational center

COLUMBUS — The Lowndes County School District has hired a firm to recommend four possible sites for a proposed vocational center. The Commercial Dispatch reports that the school board voted to hire Joey Henderson of JBHM in Columbus to conduct the studies. Schools Superintendent Lynn Wright said Henderson will survey the property, determine the access and evaluate the foundation to ...

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Board extends contract of consultant to board president's daughter

MCCOMB — The South Pike School Board has extended a contract with a consultant to provide a year of training to the district’s new business manager, who is the school board president’s daughter. The consultant, Bonnie Granger is a certified public accountant. She was hired after the board voted in December 2012 to hire board president Sam Hall’s daughter, DeLorean ...

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Mayor wants some casino money for schools to go to parks

GREENVILLE — Mayor John Cox is suggesting that a portion of casino revenue diverted to Greenville’s schools should be directed instead to parks and recreations programs. “We are trying to figure out a way that gaming funds could be directed through the parks commission to benefit the youth of the Greenville Public School District to assist in voluntary character development ...

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State could study the structure of school boards

JACKSON — The House has given final passage to a bill to study the structure of local school boards. House members voted 66-50 for Senate Bill 2141 yesterday. It now goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for his approval. If approved, the study by a 13-member panel could take until 2015. Lawmakers had originally considered requiring all local school board members ...

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Senators rethinking school board-election bill

JACKSON — State senators are pulling back from a plan to elect all local school board members. Senate Bill 2141 had called for all school board members to run for four-year terms in years that voters choose a governor. But senators voted 50-1 for an amended bill today to instead study the issue. Today, some city school board members are ...

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Board approves final, payment on career education building

HERNANDO — DeSoto County school officials have made a final payment for work on the system’s new Career Technology Center in Olive Branch. The Commercial Appeal reports school board members unanimously approved a final payment of $35,763 for renovation of the warehouse in the Olive Branch Metro Industrial park that houses the center. The payment allows the system to move ...

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