By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo High School saw its ACT scores dip last year, but its average score remained above the state’s. THS Principal Jason Harris spoke during Tuesday’s School Board meeting about the school’s performance on the national standardized test used to measure college readiness. The report looked at test performance […]


By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County School District on Tuesday hired WTVA anchor and reporter Robert Byers as its external communications officer. In the newly created position, Byers will be in charge of managing the district’s social media accounts and of helping to promote its schools. He will work with Public […]

Daily Journal CORINTH – Misty Wittemore will leave her position as director of finance for the Alcorn County School District on Sept. 17 to accept a position with the Corinth School District. After a statewide search, the Alcorn school board is expected to approve Kimberly Woodard of the accounting firm of Eaton Babb and Smith, […]

Derek Markley took over in August as the executive director of the University of Mississippi’s Tupelo and Booneville campuses, replacing Jim Pate, who retired in June. A native of Auburn, Indiana, Markley spent the past six years at Eastern Illinois University, where he most recently was chief of staff. Daily Journal education reporter Chris Kieffer […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi’s charter school board has received letters from 10 organizations that say they intend to apply for 17 schools. The board is scheduled to vote on approvals in December. It can approve up to 15 schools per year, but earlier this year approved only one at the end […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Supporters of Lee County’s school district soon may be able to display their pride on their vehicles. District leaders are working to get a Lee County School District car tag to be put into circulation in Mississippi. They already have gotten the design approved by the state tax […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal JACKSON – Letter-grade rankings for Mississippi schools and districts will be released in October. The Mississippi Department of Education announced Thursday the labels will be made public following the Oct. 17 Board of Education meeting. They had originally been scheduled to be published later this month. The timeline was extended […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Marian Schutte, an official with Louisiana’s Recovery School District, is likely to be the first executive director of Mississippi’s Charter School Authorizer Board. The board voted 5-0 Thursday to hire Schutte, pending approval by the state Personnel Board. Schutte has handled charter school authorization and monitoring for the […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Major policy changes in Mississippi’s past have required litigation, former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said on Wednesday. Musgrove met with the Daily Journal’s editorial board to explain the lawsuit he filed last week against the state of Mississippi. It seeks to recover payment school districts have been shortchanged during […]