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“3.4 million dollars is an extreme punishment for students in schools,” said School Board Member Amy Frogge. “If they believe they are going to influence my decision making through coercion they are mistaken."
The school board member is upset with the state for taking away 3.4 million dollars as a punishment because the the board denied an application from charter school Great Hearts Academies. Frogge is now calling for the board to discuss filing suit at its next meeting if the money isn’t returned.
"We need to make sure our students are not punished improperly by the state," added Frogge.
"I think that would put us in an adversarial and contentious situation with the State Department of Education," said Anna Shepherd who does not think filing suit is a good idea.
"Ordinarily I like to fight but this is a situation where I have to ask what is in the best interest of the system," added Will Pinkston/School board Member
If the district does not sue, Director Jesse Register is providing the first glimpse at how the district will fill the funding gap. Register says the district could replace the 3.4 million with sales tax collections that have been higher than expected it’s the money he had hoped to use to buy computers
"3.4 million dollars is a lot of money. That's 3.4 million we do not have to use." stated Register.
Wednesday, October 24 2012, 05:26 AM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.