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MSU, new public school district announce plans for Partnership School- January 14, 2015 -

STARKVILE, Miss.--Officials of Mississippi State and the new Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District are taking the first joint steps toward the construction of a new school building for sixth- and seventh grade students.

The proposed facility will be called the MSU-Starkville-Oktibbeha CSD 6-7th Grade Partnership School. The need for an additional facility is a key component of a city-county consolidation plan developed last year to provide enhanced educational opportunities for all city and county students.

The consolidation plan calls for the continuance of four elementary schools in their current locations, moving all eighth- and ninth-graders to Starkville's Armstrong Middle School and establishing Starkville High School as the learning center for all city and county 10th-12th classes.

University and public school leaders have said that while the new sixth- and seventh-grade building to serve a projected 900 students is the immediate focus of the partnership, increased collaborations between the two educational entities will take place at all levels in the future.

"The Partnership School Mississippi State University is committed to continuing our active role as a powerful force for growth and development in Starkville and Oktibbeha County," said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. "The vision of this proposed venture is one that will both improve student outcomes and elevate the teaching profession."

Lewis Holloway, Starkville School District superintendent, said the new school "represents an incredible opportunity for the district and Mississippi State to become stronger, while discovering the most effective educational techniques for students.

"Each teacher and administrator will benefit from this partnership, while Mississippi State faculty and students also will have the benefit of hands-on experience in a real school," Holloway added.

According to planners, a 43-acre site on the MSU campus near the state Highway 182 main entrance has been chosen for what will be designated The Partnership School. Funding to construct and equip the nearly 102,000-square-foot facility currently is being sought from the Mississippi Legislature, as well as other sources.

Keenum and Holloway also emphasized that the new school will become the keystone of a research center for rural teaching at the land-grant institution established 137 years ago that has grown to become the state's flagship research university.

For more information on the Partnership School, a fact sheet is available at

For additional information on the Starkville School District, visit For more information on Mississippi State University, visit

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Mississippi Ranks seventh nationally in certified teachers- January 9, 2015 - The Clarion-Ledger reports that "Mississippi now ranks seventh nationally in both the number of newly certified teachers and the total number of certified teachers. In the 2013-2014 school year, 198 teachers in Mississippi achieved the National Board Certification, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards."

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Instructional Systems and Workforce Development offering TKT 4483/6483 Methods of Teaching STEM in spring 2015- November 26, 2014 - Attention: Are you interested in adding the 983 STEM teaching endorsement? The Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development is offering TKT 4483/6483 Methods of Teaching STEM, the required methods course for this endorsement, in the spring 2015 semester. The course is an online course offered through the Distance Campus. Class begins on January 12. Contact Dr. Connie Forde at 662.325.7258 for more information about registration

Aiken Village Preschool highlighted in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal- November 17, 2014 - The Early Childhood Institute's Aiken Village Preschool was highlighted in today's issue of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

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