TPSD considers fate of Ombudsman program

By NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District is deciding the fate of its contract with Ombudsman Educational Services.
The district’s two-year contract with Ombudsman was up for automatic renewal on March 31, but the school board voted on Tuesday to not renew that contract until it studies its options.
The district may still use the service, but will also study whether it is cheaper to run the program in house.
The district uses Ombudsman for high school upper-classmen who are at least two grade levels behind their peers. It uses computer programs to teach lessons and allows students to catch up more quickly because they can earn more credits than they would in a traditional setting. In 2010-11, the district also used Ombudsman for students who had behavior issues.