Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer is the Education writer at The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | DJournal.com | Education Matters

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By Chris Kieffer and Bobby Harrison Daily Journal TUPELO – University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones and the head of the State Institutions of Higher Learning remain engaged in conversations about a possible extension of Jones’ contract. Both Jones and IHL Commissioner Jim Borsig confirmed those conversations on Friday and said they likely will take […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo students will not be required to make up the three days the district missed because of icy precipitation. The district had been prepared to use April 6 and May 21 and 22 as makeup days for the time that was missed. The state education department, however, granted […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal PONTOTOC – When she woke up on Thursday morning, Shannon High School senior Alexis Doss was ready for the games to begin. Alexis joined about 750 athletes in the Area 11 Special Olympics at Pontotoc City Track and Field. The annual event features competitors from eight Northeast Mississippi counties vying […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The road toward the Tupelo Public School District’s latest bond referendum began with a request district officials made to voters 25 years earlier. In 1990, 87 percent of those voters supported an appeal to issue $17 million in new bonds. At the time, it was the largest single […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Itawamba Community College will embark on a five-year plan that will dramatically upgrade its Tupelo campus. Included will be the construction of a new 62,000-square-foot academic building and the renovation of the technical education building. “We believe the Tupelo campus will be where our population growth will be […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal The Mississippi Board of Education has approved waiver requests for some districts that missed school because of the recent outbreak of icy precipitation. It also approved guidelines for those seeking waivers. That waiver will allow those districts to not make up some of the days they missed, meaning their school […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal The Institutions of Higher Learning cited financial issues at the University of Mississippi Medical Center as the reason for not renewing the contract of UM Chancellor Dan Jones, according to a news release sent late Saturday. The Board voted 9-2 on Friday not to extend Jones’ contract, which expires on […]

The Tupelo School Board on Tuesday elected Ken Wheeler as its president for the upcoming year. The director of security for North Mississippi Medical Center, Wheeler has been on the five-member board since 2012 and spent the past year as its vice president. As he begins his tenure as president, Wheeler answered questions from Daily […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal OXFORD – One week after University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones returned to campus following four months of cancer treatments, he learned his stay will be brief. The university’s 16th chancellor said Friday evening his contract was not renewed by the state College Board, and Institutions of Higher Learning Commissioner-elect […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – A man famous for his cookies also is passionate about the power of reading. In town for tonight’s Our Mississippi Honors Gala, Wally Amos traveled to Tupelo a day early to read to students at three schools on Friday. “Reading is the concrete slab of life,” said the […]