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Area bands play coda on another successful year

Dawn has yet to break on the first days of summer vacation, but Itawamba County’s high school band directors are already elbow-deep in plans for the fall marching season. Both Itawamba Agricultural and Mantachie high school bands will begin practicing their new shows in July, learning both music and accompanying sets they’ll perform dozens of […]

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Students pass beneath the awning at Mantachie High School. (File photo by Adam Armour)

Superintendent: Mantachie school never on ‘lockdown’

Last week’s reported lockdown at Mantachie High School wasn’t a lockdown at all, according to county school district officials. Michael Nanney, Itawamba County superintendent of education, said that none of the high school and elementary school’s shared campus was closed off during a brief investigation into a reported gun threat on April 14. The investigation, […]

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Parent of the Year: ‘Just try to do your best’

Lisa Darracott has yet to decipher the secret to being a great parent. Despite having the title of Itawamba County School District’s Parent of the Year, she’s still trying to crack the formula. “I’m still trying to figure it out,” the 33-year-old mother of three said. She’s obviously doing something right. Darracott won the title […]

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Website ranks Itawamba School District among state’s best

The Itawamba County School District has been ranked among the state’s best by aggregate review website Niche. The district was ranked ninth among the 107 school districts ranked by the website. Other school districts listed in the top 10 included, in descending order, Pass Christian, Clinton, Madison, Petal, Ocean Springs, Oxford, Lamar, Biloxi and Corinth. […]

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Itawamba teacher of the year believes is respect, honesty and hard work

Mantachie ag teacher C.W. Franks has three rules written on a small board at the front of his classroom: 1.) Respect 2.) Honesty 3.) Hard work These are rules Franks lives by; he expects his students to do the same. Frankly, his students can get away with a lot of other transgressions as long as […]

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School officials pleased with testing results

Results from Mississippi’s new more rigorous test for third-to-eighth grade students have been released, and although they run the gamut, school officials say their pleased overall. “We are still in the process of determining highs and lows, but overall we are very happy with our results,”said Itawamba County Superintendent of Education Michael Nanney. “From what […]

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Graduation 2015

More than 230 Itawamba County high school seniors donned cap and gown, entered the Davis Event Center in Fulton as seniors on Saturday and exited as high school graduates. All three area high schools — Mantachie High School, Tremont High School and Itawamba Agricultural High School — held their graduation ceremonies on Saturday. Tears were […]

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Itawamba reading test results surpass state average

Ninety-two percent of Itawamba third graders have passed a statewide reading test that qualifies them for the fourth grade, according to results released by the Mississippi Board of Education on Friday. Itawamba Attendance Center students had the highest passing rate at 94 percent. All schools but one, Fairview Attendance Center, scored a passing rate of […]

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School district rolls out 16 new buses

* The buses were purchased as part of a 10-year, $1.24 million lease/purchase agreement. Sixteen new school buses are rolling down Itawamba County’s roads this week. The buses were purchased late last year under a 10-year lease purchase agreement. The local school district is paying for the buses in annual installments of around $160,000, for […]

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Itawamba Superintendent calls PARCC withdrawal a ‘move in the right direction’

Itawamba County Superintendent of Education Michael Nanney said the state’s decision on Friday to withdraw from the multiple state consortium formed to create tests that measure how well students master the Common Core State Standards was a good one. “It’s a move in the right direction, as long as we continue to prepare students for […]

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Itawamba County schools earn prestigious Lantern Award

The Itawamba County School District is among 59 Mississippi school districts that were recognized by the Mississippi School Boards Association (MSBA) on November 11 with an award for outstanding student achievement, based on student performance last spring on testing requirements in the Mississippi accountability program. Itawamba County School District board members were on hand for […]

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Itawamba County, Mississippi kindergarten students lagging in reading skills

By ADAM ARMOUR & JEFF AMY The Times and Associated Press Itawamba County children aren’t at the reading level they should be when they enter kindergarten, according to the results of a first-of-its-kind statewide test of all kindergarten students. The results of the test, recently released by the Mississippi Department of Education, show that two-thirds […]

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Itawamba school rankings stable thanks to waiver

Itawamba County schools maintained the same statewide letter-grade rankings as last year, but only because the district took advantage of the waiver that allowed them to do so. The Mississippi Department of Education released letter-grade rankings this morning for the state’s schools and districts. They are based on student performance on state tests taken last […]

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Cates hired as Nettleton superintendent

* The former Dorsey Attendance Center principal was hired by the Nettleton School Board last Thursday. New Nettleton School District Superintendent Michael Cates plans to use a trait he learned as a band director and administrator. “The most important factor is high expectations for everyone involved, from the superintendent and the board, all the way […]

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