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School district still challenged by tornado damage

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Public School District officials still are finding damage from the Feb.10 tornado that struck Forrest and Lamar counties. The Hattiesburg American reports an assessment of the destruction at the transportation center has revealed 90 percent of the district’s vehicles were damaged. Superintendent James Bacchus said it is estimated there was about $80,000 in damage to the vehicles. The ...

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Superintendent wants vo-tech programs on central campus

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County Schools Superintendent Lynn Wright wants to locate all vocational-technical programs on a central campus. The Commercial Dispatch reports Wright told the board of supervisors this week that Lowndes County is one of a few school districts that do not have a centralized vocational center. “We have put some plans together to look at doing this. The ...

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Officials concerned over depleted casino fund reserves

GREENVILLE — The city of Greenville has about $12,000 remaining from the $1.6 million in casino revenue budgeted this fiscal year. The Delta Democrat Times reports that in previous years the city used other tax revenue or borrowed money for day-to-day operations and various repairs. For the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, 2012, the city decided to use $1.6 ...

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Ex-school, city employee gets prison time for embezzlement

MEADVILLE — A 52-year-old Roxie woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling money while she was employed by the Franklin County School District and the Town of Roxie. The Natchez Democrat reports Circuit Court Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson sentenced Ramona Mullins to serve nine years, with six years suspended, followed by three years of post-release supervision ...

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School district looking to boost Internet capacity

HERNANDO — DeSoto County Schools is looking to expand Internet capacity, partly to accommodate broader use of personal technology devices by students on the district’s 40-plus campuses. The Commercial Appeal reports  the subject arose during a discussion at a specially called school board meeting Wednesday to seek approval for soliciting proposals on Internet services. Board members unanimously approved the request. ...

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Bill passes that would end electing school superintendents

JACKSON — State senators want to end the election of local school superintendents, raise the requirements for becoming a teacher and limit the state’s ability to take over schools in Mississippi. The state Senate has passed bills to do all three. Each bill goes to the House for more debate. Meanwhile, the House passed a bill that would require the ...

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Legislation advances that would consolidate school districts

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY — Some House members want to merge the Starkville and Oktibbeha County school districts. The House Education Committee has advanced House Bill 716, which would combine the two districts on July 1, 2015. It goes to the House for more debate. Rep. Toby Barker, a Hattiesburg Republican sponsoring the proposal, says students in the Oktibbeha district, recently taken ...

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Judge rejects Delta school district's desegregation plan

CLEVELAND — A federal judge has rejected a desegregation plan submitted by the Cleveland School District that relied on creation of magnet programs to attract whites to schools that are predominately black. The Bolivar Commercial reports U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson’s ruling came this past week. In Cleveland, two middle schools and two high schools have co-existed for decades. ...

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Judge gives Justice more time to review school plan

CLEVELAND — A federal judge says he will rule after the first of the year on proposals to desegregate two schools in the Cleveland School District. The Bolivar Commercial reports U.S. District Judge Glenn H. Davidson told attorneys after a hearing in Oxford that he wanted to give the Department of Justice time to review and respond to information provided ...

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