Chris Kieffer

Chris Kieffer

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

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By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The din of roaring chain saws vividly punctuated the first days and weeks of Tupelo’s recovery from the April 28 tornado. On Thursday, the same sound marked a new phase in the community’s healing. Instead of clearing marred trees, the tool was being used to shape a lasting […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal MOOREVILLE – The cost of construction at Mooreville Middle School will be slightly more than $1 million after the Lee County School Board approved a couple of additions to the project on Tuesday. The board already had approved the construction of a new administration and classroom building at the school. […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal The Mississippi Board of Education today will unveil a document that will significantly impact education policy in the state over the next five years. The state board will hold a press conference to release its first strategic plan. It will guide future actions of the nine-member board, said board member […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The woman who has attended more Tupelo School Board meetings than anyone in history retires this week. Patrice Tate has spent nearly 26 years as executive assistant to the Tupelo Public School District’s superintendent. She has worked with six superintendents and dozens of school board members and has […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal MOOREVILLE – Mooreville Elementary School’s gym was lit by candlelight Tuesday afternoon. The school’s fourth-graders – many of them dressed in early 20th century fashions – sat behind long tables adorned with white tablecloths, fine silverware and porcelain plates. This was the school’s fourth annual “Dinner on the Titanic” event. […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Employees at Itawamba and Northeast Mississippi Community Colleges can now earn a bachelor’s degree at a cheaper rate. The two schools each recently signed an agreement with the Ole Miss Tupelo and Booneville campuses that will allow their workers to receive a discounted admission to the four-year university. The scholarship […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal More than 30 years ago, Mississippi voters called for a buffer to insulate the state’s public school system from palpable political interference. But decades after a constitutional amendment created a lay Board of Education and a non-elected state superintendent, some question whether that bulwark is as strong as it once […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo Middle School students are getting an introduction to computer science this week. The school is among hundreds around the world participating in “Hour of Code,” an initiative designed to interest more elementary and middle school students in the field. After an introduction to computer code on Monday, […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo students would begin school on Aug. 3 next year under a draft of its school calendar that was released on Tuesday. The draft is still preliminary and could be changed before the final version is approved, likely in February. The district will seek input on the current […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo Public School District employees will be able to receive scholarships to pursue a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi’s Tupelo campus. The school district signed an agreement with UM-Tupelo on Tuesday that will provide a $750 discount per semester for its employees who either haven’t finished […]