Education

  Community speaks out on changes to Nora Davis Magnet School

Community members in Laurel are upset after the school district moves forward with plans to make major changes to some of the elementary schools, one of those being Nora Davis Magnet School.

2 Pine Belt students selected as alternates for SBE student representative program

  USM’s “Curious George” collection returns from Japanese exhibition

  Perry Co. School District receives grants for summer reading program

Scholarships available for Mississippi special needs students

Petal schools superintendent a ‘Hall of Fame Dad’

Twins graduate Pender High with over $1 million in college scholarship money

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Mississippi Optometric Association to provide eye exams at no cost for students who did not pass third grade reading assessment

  Future leaders prepare to learn at 71st Girls State

  Alcorn State coach Fred McNair receives key to Mount Olive

USM research team helps find last slave ship “Clotilda”

FCAHS student killed in Hwy. 49 crash

Breakdown of third grade reading test scores from Pine Belt schools

1 in 4 Mississippi third graders flunk tougher reading test

More than one in four Mississippi third graders didn't pass a toughened reading test on the first try this spring, leaving it in question as to whether they will advance on time to the fourth grade next fall

Hattiesburg gears up for Parade of Champions

Hattiesburg is celebrating academic excellence and athletic achievement Tuesday night with its second annual Parade of Champions.

WCU hosts six ceremonies for 2019 graduation

Hundreds of students at William Carey University have graduated in six ceremonies in Hattiesburg this week.

SC school district considering a four-day school week

According to the plan proposed by Florence School District Three Superintendent Laura Hickson, classes would be Monday through Thursday, with school days extended 1.5 hours per day.

  Historic alumna to deliver keynote speech to WCU graduates

USM hosts book exhibit honoring 50th anniversary of King Award

PRCC Board picks contractor for dorms, revises plans for Forrest campus commons

  Material developed by USM student will be tested in space

  ‘People with disabilities can do phenomenal things’: JSU student with cerebral palsy graduates Summa Cum Laude

Construction to begin soon on new PRCC residence halls

Southern Mississippi awarding degrees to nearly 1,800

The University of Southern Mississippi is saluting nearly 1,800 graduates.

  West Marion band submits video for $100K grant

The West Marion High School Band is hoping pop music legend Barry Manilow will give them $100,000.

USM joins new $94 million ocean exploration institute

The University of Southern Mississippi is joining forces with four other nationally renowned ocean science institutions.

  Hattiesburg School District hosts job fair

The Hattiesburg School District hung out the “help wanted” sign Saturday morning.

  HHS hosts first “College Sign In” for scholarship recipients

Dozens of Hattiesburg High School’s graduating seniors who are getting college scholarships were honored in a first-ever ceremony Friday.

Three USM students get Goldwater Scholarships

For the first time since 1995, the University of Southern Mississippi has three Goldwater Scholarship recipients in one year.

Renovation of USM’s Greene Hall nearing completion

A $13 million renovation of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Joseph Greene Hall is nearly complete.

Ex-FCAHS band director charged with additional sex crimes in Lamar Co.

A former Forrest County Agricultural High School band director arrested on a charge of child exploitation in March is now facing additional felony charges in Lamar County.

  USM to begin $8.5 million Cook Library renovation

The University of Southern Mississippi will soon begin a multi-million dollar renovation of its Cook Library.

Kohler employees donate food to PRCC Wildcat Pantry

A Hattiesburg manufacturer has reached out to make life a little easier for some local college students.

  Top of Class 2019 continues a long tradition of academic excellence

The cream of the crop in academic achievement from area schools received recognition Wednesday at Jones College during the annual Top of Class Event.

Jasper Co. schools will resume school Thursday

A mysterious odor prompted the evacuation and closure of three schools in the East Jasper Consolidated School District on Wednesday morning.

  Bay Springs High hosts academic signing day for 11 students

Eleven seniors at Bay Springs High School were guests of honor at a special assembly at the school auditorium Tuesday.

  Students speak out on USM tuition increase

Last Thursday, the Mississippi College Board approved a tuition increase for all eight public universities, including the University of Southern Mississippi.

Mississippi universities set to increase tuition by 4% in the fall

Tuition at in-state colleges in Mississippi will go up on average of four percent beginning in the fall.

  USM dean of students retiring after long career

An administrator at the University of Southern Mississippi will soon be retiring after a long career at the university.

Mississippi university tuition to rise 4%, on average

Mississippi's eight public universities are raising tuition by an average of 4%next fall saying lingering effects from state budget cuts two years ago require them to raise more revenue from students

Governor Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill

This will give teacher’s in Mississippi a raise of $1,500.

Explorer who discovered Titanic wreckage to give presentation at USM

The man best known for discovering the wreckage of the RMS Titanic will speak at University of Southern Mississippi next week.

Mississippi teacher group eyeing protest; asks about walkout

The survey was posted Thursday on the Facebook page of the Mississippi Association of Educators, the state affiliate of the National Education Association.

  Keats Awards presented during annual Kaigler Children’s Book Fest

New authors and illustrators were honored with awards at the University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday at the 52nd annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival.

Mississippi teachers are in fighting mode after legislative session actions

Mississippi educators are organizing for action -- they're planning how to best get their voices heard following the most recent legislative session.

Jackson State University launches Mississippi’s 1st Virtual Reality Academy

The 15 new VR stations are taking students places they've never been before to further expand students academic success.

  52nd annual Kaigler Children’s Book Fest begins at USM

Some of the nation’s best-known authors and illustrators of children’s literature have gathered in Hattiesburg for an annual meeting.

William Carey University to offer free ACT camp

The camp will help motivate high school students to raise their ACT scores and will provide test-taking strategy sessions, study materials and small group instruction.

  Pine Belt teachers share thoughts on pay raise bill

The Mississippi State House and Senate have sent a bill to the governor’s desk that will give teachers a $1,500 pay raise. Local teachers are sharing their opinions on the raise.

  Leadership Conference held to empower students in Perry Co.

First of it’s kind Conference held at Perry Central High School for Perry Co. Students

Mississippi House and Senate pass $1,500 teacher pay raise

The measure will be rolled into regular paychecks and continue in future years.

Mississippi teachers playing waiting game on pay raise proposal details

Teacher pay raise details are still in limbo at the State Capitol as the 2019 legislative session draws to a close.

  Pine Belt students participate in job readiness training

Students from Laurel, Jones County, and Hattiesburg participated in this years’ training seminars.

Poplarville school named healthiest in MS by BCBS Foundation

Poplarville Lower Elementary School has been rewarded for its efforts to promote better health among its students, teachers and administrators.

  Coaches and parents in college admissions scheme find jobs in danger

At a brief court appearance Wednesday, a judge allowed Lori Loughlin to be released on $1 million bond and travel to the area around Vancouver, Canada, to work but otherwise imposed strict travel restrictions.

Mississippi House ups ante on teacher pay; final sum unclear

A total of 20 Republicans broke ranks on a key House vote that kept alive a proposal to quadruple that original proposal, giving teachers a pair of $2,000 raises over the next two years.

  USM hosts Alternative Spring Break for people with disabilities

The ToTAL Alternative Spring Break is a week-long event on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus where participants train for future employment opportunities.

  USM professor writes book about MS Blues singer

Dr. Kevin Greene has written “The Invention and Reinvention of Big Bill Broonzy.” Broonzy is a Mississippi native and Blues Hall of Fame inductee. (Source: WDAM)

  Lamar Co. School District aims to increase attendance

The Lamar County School District saw a decrease in the number of students going to school during the month of February.

  Sacred Heart debate team prepares for National competition

A team from Sacred Heart Catholic High School has won a state mock trial championship for the seventh year in a row.

Ole Miss Student Senate votes unanimously on resolution to remove Confederate statue

The Ole Miss Student Senate unanimously voted yes on a resolution to remove a Confederate statue from the Ole Miss campus at a meeting Tuesday night.

  William Carey celebrates rebuild with free concert

Sounds of Symphony celebrated the recovery efforts of the 2017 tornado that destroyed parts of William Carey University’s campus Tuesday night.

  Flute instructor named Jones College Humanities Teacher of the Year

A flute instructor at Jones College has been named that institution’s Humanities Teacher of the Year.

  Possible solar energy agreement in works for Forrest County School District

One of the schools within the Forrest County School District could be going green.

Hattiesburg School District hosts job fair

Hattiesburg school administrators are looking for new school teachers. A job fair held Saturday morning at the administrative offices on Mamie Street.

  Local schools celebrate Read Across America day

Read Across America is a national campaign that encourages elementary-age children to read. It was created to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and his love of reading.

  Perry County Vocational Center prepares students for future

Health Science program allows students to job shadow professionals in the field.

  Bulldog Expressions gives students a voice

At Perry Central High School some students play sports, others play an instrument but to some students writing or art is their passion. The Bulldog Expressions is a publication Perry Central High School publishes every year.

  New after-school program at Perry Central High School

Perry Central High School has a new program on the block for students to gain real-life experience in the course that they love.

  Consequences of drinking and driving shown to area students

Students at Hattiesburg High School received a vivid lesson in the consequences of drunk driving on Wednesday.

  “Bones” mystery series author speaks to Sacred Heart students

A Hattiesburg native and author of the acclaimed “Bones” series of mystery novels spoke to students at Sacred Heart High School Wednesday.

  USM student says campus smoking ban should be enforced

The University of Southern Mississippi became a tobacco-free campus on January 1, 2018, and eliminated designated smoking areas.

  Columbia High School hosts career fair

Columbia High School’s athletic practice facility was packed with students and employers from across the Pine Belt for their annual career fair.

  Southern Miss hosts Career and Internship Expo

The University of Southern Mississippi held its Career and Internship Expo on Tuesday at the Thad Cochran center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  $1.2 million renovation of PRCC in Forrest County nearing completion

A $1.2 million project to renovate the Forrest County Center of Pearl River Community College is about 90 percent complete, according to campus administrators.

  Mississippi Education Partnership Conference begins in Hattiesburg

Teachers and administrators from all over the state have gathered in the hub city for the annual Mississippi Education Partnership Conference.

  Richton Schools honored by MSBA as B District

This year marks the second time that the Richton School District has been recognized statewide by The Mississippi School Boards Association.

Southern Miss, MGCCC team up to put teachers in classrooms

The University of Southern Mississippi teamed up with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to put more teachers in the classroom.

Sertoma Club donates check to DuBard School

The DuBard School for Language Disorders received a donation from the Sertoma Club of Laurel during a check presentation ceremony Friday.

  Business makes donation to help Oak Grove Middle buy Chromebooks

Jani-King is a business invested in supporting the education system in a big way.

Thames Elementary students bring the past to life with wax museum presentation

Prominent figures of the past were brought to life at Thames Elementary School as students celebrate Black History Month.