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By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District board of trustees awarded bids this week for two major renovation projects slated to be complete this summer. The projects are funded by the district’s $44 million bond issue. The renovations will take place at Lawhon Elementary School, one of the district’s […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – What Tupelo High School sophomore Sam Sliman considered a practice attempt at taking the ACT ended up having a perfect ending – literally. The 15-year-old made a perfect score, 36, on the ACT his second time taking it. The first time he took it, he made a […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – Current Tupelo Public School District director of operations Andy Cantrell has been named the district’s new assistant superintendent. Cantrell will replace current assistant superintendent Eddie Peasant, who was hired as superintendent of the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District last month. “I feel very blessed to be a part […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – Tuesday’s Tupelo Public School District board meeting saw changes to the board with the reappointment of a member and naming of new officers. Board member Kenneth Wheeler was sworn in for his second five-year term. Wheeler was reappointed to the board last month by Tupelo Mayor Jason […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal HOLLY SPRINGS – A team of sixth-grade students at H.W. Byers Middle School is putting personal experience into action in hopes of making school buildings safer for students, teachers and staff. The group of five students is competing in the Lexus Eco Challenge, a national environmental challenge competition through […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – On paper, it’s clear why Plantersville and Shannon middle schools have been labeled “at-risk” by the Mississippi Department of Education – in 2016, both were given “F” accountability ratings and their test scores dropped. The schools have struggled for years in many measures of student achievement at […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – Two Tupelo educators returned to Mississippi last weekend after a week spent observing researchers and scientists on a NASA research aircraft. Connie Gusmus, science teacher at Guntown Middle School, and Bob Swanson, astronomy instructor at Itawamba Community College, were one of 11 pairs of educators from across […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – Public education advocates are expected to gather this morning at the Mississippi Capitol to voice concerns over a potential rewrite of the state’s school funding formula. Among them will be at least two familiar faces from the Tupelo area. Former Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr. will speak […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – With area schools out for spring break and chilly weather this week, many children are spending their days off somewhere warmer right here in Tupelo – the Tupelo Aquatic Center. The aquatic center offers swimming lessons during spring break as part of its “Swim School” program. Swimmers […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – Ten years after joining the Monroe County School District as assistant superintendent, Brian Jernigan has been hired as superintendent of the Nettleton School District. Jernigan, who will replace current Nettleton superintendent Michael Cates, will officially step into his new role July 1. “Everything just seemed to fit, […]