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IHL receives grant from USA Funds

JACKSON — The Indianapolis, Ind.-based nonprofit USA Funds has awarded more than $1 million in grants for the quarter ending March 31. USA Funds awarded 63 grants to organizations in 16 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, to enhance awareness of and preparation for, access to and success in postsecondary education. USA Funds awarded a $25,000 grant to ...

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Voters to decide on school bond

CLINTON — This September, voters in the Clinton Public School District will head to the polls for a school bond referendum. School board members Tuesday passed a bond resolution seeking $23.5 million to build a new elementary school and make improvements to two existing schools. The referendum will be held Sept. 14. “We’re at the point now where we can’t ...

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Number of two-year degree-earners soars

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The number of graduates receiving degrees from Mississippi’s 15 community college has increased in recent years. According to the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges, an estimated 12,100 students will receive degrees this academic year. Board officials say that’s an increase of 23.1 percent over the past five years. During the 2008-2009 year, nearly 10,800 students ...

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Severstal Columbus takes home two awards

COLUMBUS — Severstal Columbus, LLC, has received two awards recognizing its progressive employee-relations practices. The steelmaker received the Director’s Award from East Mississippi Community College as demonstration of Severstal Columbus’ commitment to workforce training, human resources systems and processes and management excellence. The award is the highest recognition given by the college during its annual Industry Appreciation Day. Severstal Columbus ...

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William Carey adds new specialist degree

HATTIESBURG — Dr. Barry Morris, dean of the School of Education at William Carey University (WCU), has announced a new specialist degree in higher education administration beginning in the fall of 2010. This 33-hour degree program is designed for professionals who are currently working or desire to work in community colleges and universities. It is also designed for individuals who ...

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Business school rises in national ranking

The University of Mississippi School of Business Administration rose significantly in U.S News & World Report’s latest annual ranking of the nation’s nearly 1,800 undergraduate business programs. The UM business school ranked No. 83 in 2009, up more than 10 places from No. 99 in 2008, school dean Ken Cyree said. The recognition places Ole Miss squarely in the top ...

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School takeover has yielded positives

OKOLONA — Some students and teachers say the state takeover of the Okolona School District two months ago was a wake-up call that has motivated academic performance, a newspaper reported. Mike Vinson, former school superintendent in Rankin County and Tupelo, was placed as the conservator of the 650-student district plagued by accreditation violations, poor academic performance and financial problems. Vinson ...

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School system mulling job cuts

MERIDIAN — The threat of job cuts looms in the Meridian School District. Interim superintendent Terry Larabee says as many as 20 positions could be eliminated. Larabee told the Meridian Star few teacher and administrator positions are at risk. He said the cuts would come from other positions, including teachers’ assistants, clerical and custodial. Chief fiscal officer Linda Hill said ...

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Business, community leader dies at home

CLARKSDALE — Business and community leader George Walker of Clarksdale died Friday at his home. Walker was chairman of the State Board of Community and Junior Colleges when he died. A board spokesman said Walker was 83. Walker founded Delta Wire in Clarksdale in 1978. Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce executive director Ron Hudson said the company made wire that ...

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Judge rules schools must share Chevron taxes

PASCAGOULA — A Jones County chancery judge has ruled constitutional a 2007 state law that required the Pascagoula School District to share future tax dollars generated from Chevron facilities with other school districts. The Pascagoula School District had filed suit challenging the constitutionality of the law authored by then-Sen. Tommy Robertson, R-Moss Point. Under the law, property taxes generated from ...

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