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School districts face state takeover this week

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Three Mississippi school districts have moved one step closer to a state takeover. The state Accrediting Commission recommended yesterday that states of emergency be declared in the Claiborne County, LeFlore County and Yazoo City school districts. The state would take over the district if the state Board of Education approves the recommendation Friday and Gov. Phil Bryant ...

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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 mulling state takeover of local school district

CLAIBORNE COUNTY — The state Board of Education has pulled back from revoking the accreditation of the Claiborne County schools, but only to consider a state takeover of the district. The board announced today that it voted unanimously in closed session yesterday to order the state’s accrediting commission to determine whether there is a state of emergency in the school ...

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Auditor says schools breaking law with textbook policy

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi school systems are routinely violating a state law that says they have to issue a textbook to every student to take home, the state auditor says. Stacey Pickering said that many districts are only buying enough books for a set to keep in each classroom, which may mean a student can’t take a book home to ...

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Schools hit by spiraling insurance premiums, lack of providers

HATTIESBURG — Property insurance premiums have skyrocketed for Pine Belt school districts. Some have had problems just finding a company to insure them. Lamar County School District Superintendent Ben Burnett told the Hattiesburg American that his district’s premium was about $176,000 last year but just increased by $500,000. “I was shocked,” he said. “We always budget for a percentage increase, ...

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College signs dual credit agreement with school system

FULTON — Itawamba Community College has signed a dual credit class agreement with the Itawamba County school system. Itawamba County Superintendent of Education Michael Nanney said the program offers an inexpensive way for the county’s high school students to get started on their college work. “This is a great deal for the students,” Nanney said. “It allows them to receive ...

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Board to vote on returning schools to local control

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Three Mississippi school districts are poised to be returned to local control over the next year. The three districts — North Panola, Hazlehurst and Tate County — were taken over by the state for failure to meet state standards. The state Board of Education is likely to vote tomorrow to end the state of emergency in each ...

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Commission to hear from public about proposed school consolidation

STARKVILLE — A commission looking at the possible consolidation of the Starkville and Oktibbeha County schools will hear from the public on Aug. 22. The Commission on Starkville/Oktibbeha Consolidated School District also must prepare a report for the Mississippi Legislature by March 1, 2014. The results of the study are not binding. House Bill 716, passed by lawmakers this year ...

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Ex-school superintendent suing; alleges illegal meeting

COLUMBUS — Former school superintendent Martha Liddell has sued to get her job back. The Commercial Dispatch reports the lawsuit was filed Friday in Lowndes County Chancery Court. The lawsuit names the school district as the defendant. Liddell was fired June 17 on a 3-2 vote by the school board. The board has declined to give an official reason for ...

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School superintendent terminated after party funds, travel questions

COLUMBUS — City schools superintendent Martha Liddell has been fired. The action came in a 3-2 vote of the Columbus school board. No interim superintendent was named. Controversy has surrounded Liddell after questions were raised about her use of district funds and personnel for a private party and excessive travel. Liddell had said she reimbursed the school district and had ...

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