By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Hank Bounds, Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education, said he has not yet heard whether he will be asked to become the next president of the University of Nebraska. In early November, the Nebraska Board of Regents announced that Bounds, who previously served as the Mississippi superintendent […]

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 Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Community College Board has postponed the selection of a new executive director until at least its regularly scheduled January meeting. In a news release Thursday afternoon, the Board said, “Today, the board members of the Mississippi Community College Board considered applicants for the executive director […]

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 Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The Houston School board voted unanimously not to renew the contract of long-time Houston School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Coker at a special called meeting Tuesday night. On a motion by Trustee Carol Byrne and a second by Trustee Marvin Beard, the voted 5-0 with Board President Daniel […]

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Patrice Tate retires this week after spending nearly 26 years as administrative assistant to Tupelo School District superintendent. During her tenure, she has worked with six superintendents and dozens of school board members.

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 […]

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Mooreville Elementary School fourth-graders eat lunch by candlelight in the school's gym on Tuesday during the school's "Dinner on the Titanic" event.

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 […]