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Local firm helps promote world-record chocolate bar

Since founding Broadcast Media Group Inc. in Starkville in 1996, Robbie Coblentz has worked numerous marketing/PR campaigns all over the state and nation. The production company has won numerous awards for its work, including an international Telly Award just this past summer. But he and his team recently completed work on the promotion of a new world record that might ...

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More school districts labeled successful

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Fewer Mississippi districts are labeled failing. More are labeled successful or better. That is a three-year trend, reflected in unofficial data released yesterday by the state Department of Education. The Clarion-Ledger reports the labels for all of the state’s schools and districts will become official Friday pending a vote by the state Board of Education. In 2009, ...

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Commission not expected to mandate school mergers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A commission reviewing Mississippi’s public school structure will soon present its report to the governor, but it’s not expected to include mandates on school district consolidation. However, Aubrey Patterson, a Tupelo banker who chairs the commission, said the report is still a good first step. “I think we have moved the ball down the field, but we ...

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Consultants recommend school district mergers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Consultants said yesterday that 18 Mississippi school districts could improve by merging with higher-performing districts, generally their neighbors. The 18 have small enrollments, most with fewer than 2,000 pupils. Many are in low-income areas and have higher than average per-pupil administrative costs. Several are in northern Mississippi and the cash-strapped Delta, and some have already been taken ...

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MAPE unveils winning school partnerships

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education (MAPE) will recognize Mississippi’s top school-community partnerships at the 25th annual MAPE State Conference April 8 at the Hilton of Jackson. Governor’s Awards recipients are: • Jackson — Watkins Elementary School Playground Project, Rowan Middle School “I Too Can Fly” program, Wingfield High School and Entergy Mississippi Inc. and Jackson ...

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House passes 'innovative schools' bill

JACKSON — Parents would get to restructure operations of a dozen Mississippi public schools that are failing or at risk of failing under a plan that passed the state House March 9. House Education Committee chairman Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, said the so-called “innovative schools” would give a governing board of parents the power to hire and fire teachers and principals. ...

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Applications available for 'Financial Readiness'

JACKSON — Applications for the 2010 Mississippi Banner School in Financial Readiness award are now available. The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) have partnered to offer an award to schools for preparing students to be economically and financially ready to participate in the real world. The “Mississippi Banner School in Financial Readiness” ...

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Emergency declaration lifted from school

JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY — Gov. Haley Barbour has removed the state of emergency declaration for Jefferson Davis County School District upon request by the Mississippi Board of Education. The Board of Education recently reported that educational, safety and security conditions had improved, and that misspent 16th Section funds had been repaid. Barbour ordered the state of emergency declaration in 2007 ...

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