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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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Ewing named principal of Itawamba Attendance Center

During their recent meeting, the Itawamba County School Board unanimously approved Michael Nanney’s recommendation of promoting Sheryl Ewing to Itawamba Attendance Center principal. Ewing has served as an assistant principal for the past two years and succeeds Pat Stone who is retiring at the end of the current school year. Ewing started teaching in Itawamba […]

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ICTV: Student news program hits 100 episode landmark

One hundred episodes ago, Itawamba Career and Technical Center Digital Media teacher Andy Nichols thought it might be a good idea for his class to create their own news program. There wasn’t any grand motivation behind this idea. In fact, Nichols summed it up in three words: “Because we could.” But since its first episode […]

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School district recognized with Lighthouse Award

* State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright commended the local school district for its “hard work” and “dedication.” The Itawamba County School District was recently recognized for its performance on state accountability assessments during the 2012-2013 school year. In November, the Mississippi School Boards Association presented the Itawamba County School District with the MSBA Lighthouse […]

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Knight appointed to serve on school board

Following a split-vote, members of the Itawamba County School Board have appointed a new member to temporarily fill the vacant first district seat. Last Thursday, Jan. 16, members of the Itawamba County School board met during a special session and appointed Kelly Knight to fill the first district position, which was left vacant by former […]

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Plotting the course: Admin of the year looks at the big picture

Most of what Itawamba County School District Federal Programs Coordinator Patti Thrash does remains in the background. The average parent or school-aged child will probably never even know what she does. That’s OK with her, Thrash said. “I like to fly under the radar,” Itawamba County’s 2013 Administrator of the Year claimed. ““My job is […]

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Former superintendent weighs in on Common Core

As a retired educator with 30-plus years of experience in the classroom, principalship, and superintendency, several times recently I have been asked my opinion of the Common Core Standards that are currently being implemented in our Mississippi public schools. Do I think they are the savior for public schools? No, but I don’t think they […]

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Principal Profiles: Jamie Dill

It’s rare to meet someone as enthusiastic about education as Jamie Dill. “This is the most wonderful job there is,” Mantachie Elementary School’s principal said earnestly. “Kids are like little sponges, absorbing information. When you see those little light bulbs going off, it’s great.” It’s that enthusiasm, that pure passion, that’s kept Dill in education […]

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Itawamba schools improve test scores, graduation rates

More Mississippi students scored in the top two categories on nearly every state test given to elementary and high school students last winter and spring. Last week, the Mississippi Department of Education released the results of those tests taken during the 2012-13 school year. It also announced that the state had a 75.5 percent graduation […]

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