Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer

I am the Managing Editor for Multimedia and Enterprise. I previously served as the Daily Journal's education reporter. I'm a New Orleans native, husband, father and avid baseball fan.

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By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The concept of lazy summer days is foreign to Lee Hill. Teachers in the Tupelo School District return to their buildings this week to prepare for a new school year that begins on Aug. 4. That means someone has had to get those buildings ready for their arrival. […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Northeast Mississippi will have eight contested superintendent of education races on its ballots this fall. Eleven of the region’s 16 counties have school districts with elected superintendents, but Chickasaw County’s Betsy Collums, Marshall County’s Jerry Moore and Monroe County’s Scott Cantrell do not face opponents this year. Incumbents are running […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Voters living in the Lee County School District will decide next month who will lead the 7,200-student district for the next four years. Incumbent Jimmy Weeks, 43, will face fellow Republican Robert Smith, 60, in the Aug. 4 primary election. Because both candidates are running in the Republican […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – When Tupelo and Lee County School District students return to class next month, they will be greeted with new classroom buildings, cafeterias, computers and secure entrances. Both school districts have had busy summers spent on projects related to two successful bond referendums. Lee County voters in 2013 allowed […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Many of the best high school marching band students in Mississippi have been working hard during the past week to defend an international championship. The 145-member Mississippi Lions All-State Band gathered last Wednesday at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville for a demanding schedule of nearly around-the-clock rehearsals. They will […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo elementary school students who are struggling with reading skills are getting extra help this summer from a church-based program. This is the fourth year The Orchard has hosted SummerSALT, a summer-reading program that serves nearly 115 students, ranging from those who are entering kindergarten through those entering […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District this week added student computers and safety upgrades using funds from April’s successful bond referendum. The district purchased about 1,000 Chromebook laptops that will be used by seventh- and eighth-grade pupils at Tupelo Middle School. It also approved bids to add security cameras, […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Kindergarten to second-grade students in the Tupelo Public School District will have fewer tests next school year. The district is cutting in half the number of district-wide common assessments those students will take, going from eight to four for English and for math. Instead of taking them at […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District will add storm shelters at three of its elementary schools and possibly another at Tupelo High. The district received grants from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency that will pay 90 percent of the cost of safe rooms that will be constructed at Joyner, […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Internet has made research readily available for students with a couple of keystrokes. That convenience is not always beneficial. A Northeast Mississippi Community College history instructor will attend a national workshop next week that will help her incorporate more primary source documents into the classroom. Morgan Ricks […]