Tupelo School Board 07.22.14

Today’s Tupelo School Board meeting is about to begin. Board members Sherry Davis, Ken Wheeler, Eddie Prather and Joe Babb all are present. Board President Rob Hudson is not yet here. The board also will reconvene today at 5 p.m. for a public hearing on the district’s budget for next year. That hearing also will […]

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Loden: Common Core is ‘piece to the puzzle’

Tupelo Superintendent Gearl Loden issued a statement on Friday in response to Thursday’s comments by Gov. Phil Bryant that called the Common Core academic standards “a failed program.” Loden’s statement: “Our district enhances rigor by focusing on higher order skills and depths of understanding. I don’t think we need to “oversell” the Core; it’s not […]

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Tupelo School Board 06.10.14

Today’s Tupelo School Board meeting will begin shortly. Four of the five board members — Ken Wheeler, Rob Hudson, Sherry Davis and Eddie Prather –are present. Board member Joe Babb is not currently here. Board President Rob Hudson calls the meeting to order. He said Babb is out of town. 12:15 p.m. Assistant Superintendent Diana […]

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Tupelo School Board 05.13.14

Today’s Tupelo School Board meeting has begun. All five members are present. Board will discuss the agenda at this meeting. It will meet again today at 5 at Lawndale Elementary and will vote on the agenda at that point. It also will have several recognitions at the 5 p.m. meeting. Meeting begins with Superintendent Gearl […]

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Tupelo School Board 04.15.14

Today’s Tupelo School Board meeting will begin shortly. Several big items are on the agenda – including a third- to fifth-grade Chomebook initiative and the possible addition of blue turf at Tupelo High School. I also would expect the district to fill principal vacancies at Rankin Elementary and Pierce Street Elementary. Four of the five […]

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Tupelo School Board Work Session 04.15.14

NOTE: WORK SESSION HAS ENDED. I will have a separate blog post from the Board meeting that will begin at noon. Read below for an update about the School Board Work Session. The Tupelo School Board Work Session has begun. The board will hold its regular meeting today afterward. That meeting will begin at noon, […]

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More on Mississippi teacher pay

The print version of our Sunday story, looking at how teacher pay in Mississippi is determined contained graphs of the state’s salary scale and the local supplements for several Northeast Mississippi school districts. I’ve included those below:   MISSISSIPPI TEACHER SALARY SCHEDULE This is the minimum salary scale mandated by the state. Individual districts can […]

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Tupelo School Board 03.18.14

I will be live blogging from today’s Tupelo School Board meeting, which will begin shortly. This is the annual “organizational” meeting at which the board will elect its officers, among other housekeeping items. There may be news about the new principal at Milam or the new special education director. The district was hoping to fill […]

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Tupelo School Board 02.11.14

Today’s Tupelo School Board meeting is about to begin. All five board members are present. The meeting has been moved to the district’s central office because of the winter weather that caused the cancellation of school. It had originally been scheduled to be held at the Hancock Leadership Center. Also the meeting scheduled to be […]

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House bill could impact Tupelo School Board

As was examined in Sunday’s Daily Journal, state lawmakers are considering school governance changes that could make all of the state’s superintendents of education into appointed positions and all of its school boards into elected ones. If House Bill 442 — which would elect all school board members — passes as is, it would dramatically […]

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