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School Superintendent Kuykendall to retire after 12 years

HERNANDO — Milton Kuykendall, superintendent of DeSoto County Schools for the past 12 years, will retire when his term expires in December 2015. The superintendent in DeSoto County is an elected position. Kuykendall, 67, said in a statement yesterday he announced his retirement now to allow plenty of time for anyone wanting to run for the office. “As superintendent for ...

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Ex-school superintendent wants restitution payment reviewed

GREENVILLE — A federal appeals court has been asked by a former Mississippi school superintendent to review a requirement that he make a $75,000 lump sum restitution payment in a bribery case. Former Greenville schools superintendent Harvey Franklin is serving a 76-month sentence for taking more than $270,000 in bribes to influence the school board to use a reading program ...

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Board wants to roll back troubled schools' sports penalties

JACKSON — Mississippi’s state Board of Education is making another move toward rolling back penalties that strip troubled school districts of their ability to compete in high school sports and other activities. The board is seeking public comment on a proposal that would give a district that loses state accreditation a year to remedy problems before losing half its games ...

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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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Pickering lists concerns over Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has notified the Legislature of his concerns with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) formula. The report provides detailed information to lawmakers on the MAEP formula in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session. “Each year the Office of the State Auditor provides an overview of MAEP funds, how arbitrary changes are continually made ...

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None of state's school districts get an 'F', but officials expect a fall

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Many of Mississippi’s public schools will be able to boast of high marks for one more year under Mississippi’s A-to-F school rating system, but state officials continue to warn that grades could fall sharply next year. Under grades announced today by the Mississippi Department of Education, no district currently operating received an F. Fourteen with an F ...

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Supporters racing school funding referendum deadline

JACKSON — Supporters of a constitutional amendment to guarantee “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools” in Mississippi have less than two weeks to turn in signatures if they want their referendum on the 2015 general election ballot. State law says they must turn in at least 107,216 signatures of registered voters at least 90 days before the ...

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Jackson schools join Musgrove-led lawsuit over MAEP underfunding

JACKSON — Jackson Public Schools is joining a lawsuit seeking to recover a shortfall in state education funding and bar future underfunding. The board voted 2-1 yesterday to join, with two abstentions, said spokesman Sherwin Johnson. Jackson alone has been shorted $85 million because of underfunding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program since 2010. The amount at stake among the ...

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School superintendent says he never intended to hire wife's uncle, but recommended him

COLUMBUS — A school superintendent in north Mississippi said this week that he never intended to hire his wife’s uncle for a district job, despite recommending it. Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Philip Hickman spoke to the Columbus Rotary Club Tuesday and was asked about the integrity of hiring relatives to work for the district, The Commercial Dispatch reported. In ...

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