By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – Nearly 30 soon-to-be kindergartners at Parkway Elementary kicked off their third day of “Splash into Kindergarten” with singing and dancing Wednesday morning. The group of children appeared to be right at home in their new school, which Heather Cartwright, director of “Splash into Kindergarten” at Parkway, said is […]

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal STARKVILLE – A focus on pre-kindergarten is critical to improving the quality of life for Mississippi’s children, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Report published Tuesday. Mississippi ranked 50th overall in the assessment that ranks child economic well-being, education, health and family and community. The […]

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District proposed a budget of $105.4 million with no tax increase, including the $44 million bond resolution passed in April, for the upcoming school year. The proposed budget was presented by TPSD Director of Finance Rachel Murphree and discussed by the School Board, Superintendent […]

JACKSON (AP) – The Mississippi Department of Education headquarters will be closed for up to a week after a nearby fire started the building’s sprinkler system. The department, in a news release Tuesday, said the building will be closed for the next five to seven days for safety reasons. Department spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle says water […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Not long ago, Jackson Caldwell saw a speed bump in his summer vacation. He’s a rising senior at Tupelo High School, and during the second semester of junior year, he applied to Boy’s State with his friends. After American Legion Post 49 accepted his application, the 17-year-old […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – For months, legislative leaders have warned that “one Hinds County chancery judge” would decide the level of education funding for the state should voters in November approve the citizen-sponsored Initiative 42, which attempts to enhance the state’s commitment to public education. But in a separate case […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Northeast Mississippi will have eight contested superintendent of education races on its ballots this fall. Eleven of the region’s 16 counties have school districts with elected superintendents, but Chickasaw County’s Betsy Collums, Marshall County’s Jerry Moore and Monroe County’s Scott Cantrell do not face opponents this year. Incumbents are running […]


By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Voters living in the Lee County School District will decide next month who will lead the 7,200-student district for the next four years. Incumbent Jimmy Weeks, 43, will face fellow Republican Robert Smith, 60, in the Aug. 4 primary election. Because both candidates are running in the Republican […]

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – Former Tupelo Middle School Principal Kristy Luse likens her new job to skydiving. In the spring it was announced Luse would leave her longtime post at the middle school to serve Tupelo Schools as director of educational enhancement and research. After working as a teacher and administrator before […]