Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:01:23 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
Springfield Local Schools leaders say they need a levy to pass or they'll be forced to make millions of dollars worth of cuts.
Those cuts range from elimination of jobs, bussing and even band.
The district's school board voted to place a 7.9 mill levy on the August ballot on Wednesday, April 30.
Even if that large levy passes, the district will be forced to trip more than $1 million from its budget. The school board had considered asking voters for even more money, but settled on 7.9 mills.
"I really believe whole heartedly that this is the right decision by the board for the future of the students," said Superintendent Kathryn Hott.
The 7.9mill permanent levy would generate just over $5 million in funding for the district each year. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 house $276 a year.
"We'd always have the opportunity to reduce the millage should some resolution in state funding be reached; we could always take it back. But to keep coming back and doing levies and levies, to keep renewing this is not responsible either on our part," said Hott.
Hott says a loss in revenue from the state, losses in property values and unfunded state mandates are to blame for the district's financial woes. Some residents disagree and say they won't support the levy.
"I'm for the kids, believe me, I'm for the kids, but we're frozen. There's no money," said Springfield Township resident Gary Knapp. "I don't have the money to support it, absolutely."
"I feel there's a lot of waste here. I think it's time they tighten their belts like they tell us seniors to do," said Jessie Geis. "I will be voting no and I will influence anyone I can to vote no."
To stabilize the budget, the board has to make $1.1 million in cuts no matter what. Those cuts will be to areas like 5th grade band. There will also be a number of staff reductions from teachers to library clerks.
The levy, if passes, it will cover operating costs, which includes everything from staffing to curriculum. If it fails - "We'll be losing additional personnel and it will unfortunately have to impact transportation. There are some things that are significant should we not be able to pass it in August, prior to starting the 14-15 school year," said Hott.
If the August levy does fail, the board will have an opportunity to place a levy on the November ballot. The district has already place a renewal levy on that ballot.
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