WCU new home of statewide education research/evaluation program

WCU new home of statewide education research/evaluation program

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A 40-year-old statewide public education research and evaluation program formerly located at Mississippi State University has a new home in Hattiesburg.

The Board of Directors of The Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools (PREPS, Inc.) announced Tuesday that the organization is moving its headquarters to William Carey University.

The organization promotes professional development and assists with strategic planning and instructional management.

It also provides evaluation work and hosts an annual conference.

"Mississippi State I think, was interested in going in a different direction and so the PREPS board has made a decision to relocate," said Lee Childress, Ph.D., president of the board of directors of PREPS.

"We're not only pleased but we're also excited and a little surprised that they would move it this far south, since it's been in the north part of the state and move it to a private university," said Ben Burnett, Ph.D., dean of School of Education at WCU.

PREPS was organized in 1976 and currently includes 72 school districts across the state.

The group's former executive director retired a couple of months ago.

Dr. Burnett says a search for a new one will begin after a formal memorandum of agreement is signed between the organization and the university.