Local schools, Lafayette County, Oxford and Water Valley school districts are well above the state percentage of passing scores in most testing areas. But all three districts along with all other districts in the state continue to struggle with reading scores. Statewide results were released today. Oxford Superintendent said that “There is always room for improvement.” (August 20, 2010, Page 1A)
Cutting out a Box-Tops only takes a minute, but so many parents tend to forget what an impact it can make on local schools. Lafayette Lower Elementary School didn’t forget. LLES students and their parents diligently cut out Box-Tops tand their efforts resulted the school bringing in nearly $4,000 in Box Tops money.
“We are extremely excited about this for our school,” LLES PTO Co-president Brandall Atkinson said. “We are challenging the Upper Elementary to a Box Top battle this year to see which school can raise the most money.” (August 17, 2010, Page 5)
Nurses at local schools are preparing for the new year and hope that the new flu shot will help keep absences to a minimum this year with the addition of the H1N1 vaccine. The nurses also share tips for parents and students on how to stay healthy. (August 10, 2010, Page 8)
Oxford City Schools will have two less Oxford Police Department officers on school campuses this year after the city and district agreed to a new School Resource Officer agreement. (August 5, 2010, Page 2)
The district presented the results of the annual gifted, parent and teacher surveys to the Oxford School Board in July noting that while some areas showed improvements, other areas continue to need work. (August 3, 2010, Page 8)
At a meeting with parents Monday at Lafayette Middle School, Jim Keith, attorney with the Council of School Board Attorneys, shared about bullying laws. (August 3, 2010, Page 1)
The Lafayette County School Board approved Monday a $20 million budget for the 2010-2011 school year. Despite an almost $3 million deficit compared to this past school year’s budget, county school leders intend to hold the line on taxes and operate with the available revenues. (August 3, 2010, Page 3)
A United Way committee is looking at ways to improve early childhood education in Oxford and Lafayette County. Accessibility to free or affordable preschools for all Lafayette County children is one area the committee is examining.
After a record freshman class in the fall of 2009, University of Mississippi officials are preparing for yet another record-breaking enrollment of freshmen this fall. (July 27, 2010, Page 1B)