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Can governor's teacher-pay plan depend on supplemental salaries?

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — If Gov. Phil Bryant depends on supplemental salaries paid by local school boards to finance his performance pay plan for teachers, it will vary widely from district to district. The supplemental pay local school districts provide teachers — on top of their standardized state salaries — ranges from a high of $7,575 annually for a teacher with ...

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School board approves tax-increase resolution

NATCHEZ — The Natchez-Adams School District Board of Trustees has approved a resolution for an increase in ad valorem tax funding of $565,000, which will be given to the Adams County Board of Supervisors to be converted into a millage. The Natchez Democrat reports the funding was included in the district’s $39.8 budget for the next fiscal year that was ...

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MSU president predicts record-breaking fall enrollment

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University president Mark Keenum says the university is undergoing massive infrastructure upgrades and expects record fall enrollment. Keenum, a Corinth High School graduate, told the Daily Corinthian the university set a record enrollment last fall with 20,400 students, and expects to top the total this fall. The university has five campuses statewide, 12 research centers and ...

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Man accused of helping teachers cheat on their licensing exam

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man has been indicted on federal charges that he was paid thousands of dollars by aspiring teachers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi to have other people take their teacher licensing exams. The federal indictment released yesterday said 58-year-old Clarence Mumford hired a group of test takers, including Memphis City Schools employees or former employees, and ...

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Schools to dip into reserves; won't request tax increase

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest County School District will not request a millage increase for 2012-13, but will instead use money from its reserve fund to pay for extra expenses in its budget. The Hattiesburg American reports the school district’s budget for the upcoming school year is $24.9 million, up from last year’s budget of $23.9 million. The district has 2,300 ...

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Justice asks for time to review schools' desegregation request

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a judge for more time to respond to the Cleveland School District’s plan to desegregate two local schools. The school district is not opposing the request. The school district filed a proposal in May with the federal court to desegregate the East Side High School and D.M. Smith Middle School. The ...

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USM business dean leaving for same post at Texas Tech

HATTIESBURG — University of Southern Mississippi College of Business dean Lance Nail is leaving for Texas Tech University. Nail will take over as dean of the Texas university’s Rawls College of Business, which opened a new $70 million business building earlier this year. He begins work in Lubbock Aug. 15. Southern Miss Provost Denis Wiesenburg tells the Hattiesburg American Nail ...

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Board to name House interim state superintendent of education

JACKSON — The Mississippi Board of Education plans to name Lynn House as interim state superintendent today. The board chose House, now deputy superintendent for instructional enhancement and internal operations, following a closed meeting yesterday. It will formally ratify the choice today. House, 60, will replace Tom Burnham, who announced earlier this month that he would retire July 1. Charles ...

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Railroad company establishes new scholarship at USM Gulf Coast

LONG BEACH and MOSS POINT — In celebration of its 90th anniversary, Mississippi Export Railroad Company has established the Mississippi Export Railroad Gulf Coast Scholarship Endowment with a gift of $50,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation. “Moss Point, Miss., has been the home of Mississippi Export Railroad for 90 years,” said Greg Luce, president and chairman of the ...

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State lawmakers pass dual enrollment legislation

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers have passed a bill that will allow high school dropouts and potential dropouts to enroll at community colleges, earning a high school diploma while getting worker training. The state already has a law allowing such dual enrollment. But, Gov. Phil Bryant has been pushing Senate Bill 2792, saying it will be an alternative for some students ...

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