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Houlka offers dual credit with ICC

                  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   HOULKA – You take one class at Houlka High School and get both high school and college credit, and its one of the best deals in the world for college-bound kids. At their August meeting, Chickasaw County […]

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Houlka trustees address school replacement costs

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   HOULKA — The Chickasaw County School Board held a recessed meeting at the County Superintendent’s Office recently and received details and an overview of a proposed building to replace one destroyed by fire almost two years ago. The fire destroyed part of Houlka Attendance Center […]

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Appointed superintendents bill appears to be nearing passage

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation to make all superintendents in the state appointed, long advocated by various groups, appears to be on the verge of becoming a reality. On Friday, the House Education Committee passed without any debate a Senate bill that would replace the state’s elected superintendents. If the […]

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Bill to merge Chickasaw County schools passes committee

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Educators from Okolona, Houston and Chickasaw County met with legislators Thursday to try to halt proposals designed to merge the three school districts. Hours before the education officials were meeting with House members, the Senate Education Committee was passing legislation to consolidate the three districts. Senate […]

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Schools in Chickasaw County face potential consolidation

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – A bill that proposes consolidation of the Houston, Chickasaw County and Okolona school districts has reached the House Education Committee in the Legislature. The bill would combine nine schools – Houlka Attendance Center, Houston High School, Houston Lower Elementary, Houston Upper Elementary, Houston Middle School, Houston Vocational […]

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Houlka trustees review test scores

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – Chickasaw School District Superintendent Betsy Collums told the January meeting of the School Board she was satisfied with the recently-released Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test results, but said the district is continuing to seek improvement. Third to eight […]

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County officials take the oath of office

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – They lifted their right hands and many placed them on a Bible held by a spouse or friends and promised to uphold the law of the State of Mississippi and the United State’s Constitution. A process that started about this time last year with 53 candidates qualifying […]

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Chickasaw, Okolona test scores discussed

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY — Chickasaw and Okolona school district officials said they were satisfied with the recently-released Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test results, but added they are continuing to seek improvement. Third to eighth grade students took the language and math tests […]

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Season of new beginnings

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   HOULKA –It’s been said that every new beginning is some other new beginning’s end. This year’s Houlka Attendance Center Valedictorian, Sawyer Byars, wants to continue the legacy of excellence his late father established teaching and coaching at the north Chickasaw County school. In his own […]

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Houlka trustees Ok demolition, infrastructure details

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – The Chickasaw County School Board met Tuesday, July 7 and took action to replace classrooms lost in a fire at the school last July. There is still no definite date to begin tearing down the gutted shell of the destroyed building at Houlka Attendance […]

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GED offered at WIN, Excel

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Registration is continuing for adult basic education/high school equivalency (ABE/GED) and ESL classes at several locations in Chickasaw County. • Houston WIN Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Julia Puckett; Houston WIN Center, Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Susan Eldridge. • Excel in Okolona, Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.-Noon, Larry Davis. […]

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School bells ring at Houlka

HOULKA – The school bell rang sharply at 8 a.m. Wednesday and children filed into classrooms at Chickasaw County Schools exactly one week after fire destroyed classrooms for fifth and sixth graders. The blackened remains of the 1935 Houlka Attendance Center were fenced off to keep students out of the old school building that burned […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Houlka will rise from ashes

  They say you can determine the measure of a person by watching how they handle adversity. In the South we are trained to smile and be polite when someone asks how we are. Any given Sunday you will find our churches filled with people undergoing some kind of burden, illness or tragedy and calmly […]

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Chickasaw trustees seek architect

HOULKA – Trustees have begun work on rebuilding the Houlka Attendance Center that was destroyed by fire last week, and the clock is ticking. Chickasaw County School trustees have been told by their insurance company they have two years, from the Wednesday, July 30 date of the fire that burned their school, to rebuild a […]

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