The Lafayette County School District continued the process of letting employees go at the beginning of this week, citing a shrinking budget. This brings the total count to 23 employees who have lost their jobs since last Thursday. Seventeen others are retiring, and many will not be replaced. (May 14, 2010, Page 1A, 5A)
The end of the school year brings numerous retirements. This year, two couples, take their final bow together.
The Shollenbergers retire after more than 30 years of teaching drama. Leah Shollenberger retires at the end of this month from Lafayette High School and her husband Jim Shollenberger retired from the University of Mississippi.
The McClungs will retire after seven years from Lafayette School District and more than 35 years as educators. Ben McClung serves as assistant superintendent and ends his career as the last assistant superintendent. Due to budget cuts, his position will not be replaced. (May 14, 2010, Page 1A, 5A)
Oxford High School’s 200 seniors spent the day in the sun enjoying games and a cookout as a celebration of their senior year the day before final exams begin for many. School officials say the event was to do something fun for seniors, but also help cut down on school pranks. (May 12, 2010, Page 1)
From Tuesday through Thursday, students in the third through eighth grades at Oxford and Lafayette public schools will be taking the Mississippi Curriculum Test Second Edition or MCT2. School principals and the Office of Healthy Schools in the Mississippi Department of Education share ideas to help students prepare. (May 10, 2010, Page 1A)
More than 2,200 graduates received degrees Saturday during the University of Mississippi’s 2010 commencement ceremony held in the Grove. Former Mississippi governor and U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus gave the commencement address where he challenged students to do something bigger than themselves. (May 10, 2010, Page 1A)
Several positions from each school in the Lafayette County School District are being cut due to ongoing funding shortfalls. While some school employees have already been informed their position was being cut, others were still being notified this week, Superintendent Mike Foster said. (May 7, 2010, Page 1A, 9A)
The Oxford Fire Department is accepting applications for its summer Fire Academy where kids will learn what it’s like to be a firefighter.
The five-day academy will be for children 6 to 12 years old and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, June 26-30 at Fire Station No. 4 on Mall Drive. (May 6, 2010, Page 2)
The AnComm Talk-About-It program, aweb-and text-based program to allow students to anonymously talk about issues, has continued to grow in popularity among middle and high schools throughout the country. Now, thanks to a partnership with the Mississippi Department of Health, the program is available to anyone in the state, although the hope is that it gives teens an opportunity to reach out to a trained counselor. (May 6, 2010, Page 5)
Bullycide is an ongoing problem in middle and high schools today. Hear one local girl’s story of how she overcame the bullying and what local districts are doing to help prevent suicide and bullying. (May 6, 2010, Page 1, 5)
A new compulsory school attendance policy that follows state law will bring some significant changes to parents and students who miss more than 12 days in a school year. One of the options – Saturday school. (May 4, 2010, Page 6)