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School construction behind schedule

HERNANDO — Officials say one of three new DeSoto County public schools expected to open when classes resume in August apparently won’t be ready on time. Ken Reid, assistant superintendent of business and finance, says construction of DeSoto Central Primary School continues to run behind schedule, and the building is now expected to be turned over to school officials by ...

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Southern AgCredit endows scholarship

FLOWOOD — With a gift of $25,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, the Southern AgCredit board of directors has established an endowment to provide scholarships to students in the University’s College of Business. “We have directors, employees and stockholders who are graduates of Southern Miss,” said Joe Hayman, president and CEO of Flowood-based Southern AgCredit. “We feel strongly ...

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MSU scientists monitoring seafood safety

STARKVILLE — An army of scientists and experts at Mississippi State University (MSU) are closely monitoring the Gulf of Mexico oil leak and local conditions to ensure that seafood being sold in Mississippi is safe for consumers. Dave Burrage, a marine resources specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Biloxi, said the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and ...

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Bryant wants McClelland to remain on school board

JACKSON — Mississippi Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant has nominated veteran school administrator Charles McClelland of Jackson to continue serving on the state Board of Education. McClelland is nominated for a full nine-year term. He has been on the board since 2005, filling the unexpired term of Frank Melton. McClelland has served as a coach, principal and assistant school superintendent and ...

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Tulane-Madison approved for student loans

MADISON — Tulane University’s Madison branch has now been cleared for students to receive federal student loans, a little too late for some classes that were scheduled to begin this week. Sherry Chance, director of the branch, tells The Clarion-Ledger that the U.S. Department of Education handed down the official certification of the campus as an institution of higher learning ...

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Education Department pursuing stimulus funding

JACKSON — As a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the federal government has created Race To The Top (RTTT), a program that will allow eligible states to compete for $4.35 billion in competitive grants to help lead education reform and innovation in classrooms. The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has officially submitted its RTTT ...

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HCEDD launches higher education campaign

JACKSON — The Hinds County Economic Development District (HCEDD) has launched a higher education marketing campaign to attract and retain students for county colleges and universities. The TV campaign touts the economic development benefits generated by the nine accredited colleges and universities in Hinds County. Those institutions of higher learning have a combined enrollment of 38,000, generating 17,000-plus direct and ...

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MUW, MDCC sign new agreement

COLUMBUS and MOORHEAD — Mississippi University for Women and Mississippi Delta Community College have agreed on a program that will allow student technical fields to continue their studies uninterrupted by a switch from a two-year to a four-year school. The partnership will allow technical students to pursue a bachelor’s degree by taking courses online. MUW Dean Bill Mayfield tells The ...

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Tulane-Madison 'glitch' cancels classes

MADISON — When a Tulane University satellite campus opens Tuesday in Madison, Miss., only three of the classes that were set for a June start will begin. Branch director Sherry Chance tells the Madison County Herald that a “bureaucratic glitch” canceled seven summer courses. Richard Marksbury, dean of Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies, says the U.S. Department of Education has ...

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College Board names interim MUW president

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Allegra Brigham, CEO and general manager of 4-County Electric Power Association, has been named interim president at the Mississippi University for Women. The state College Board made the decision Friday during a meeting on the Columbus campus. Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds cited Brigham’s management and communication skills as contributing factors for her selection. Bounds described ...

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