Tunica gets Festival Ready (Schedule of Events)
Rivergate gets the ‘arts treatment’
“Art you can sit in” is the catchy theme of the Tunica Arts Council’s 2014 partnership with the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Rivergate Festival.
Colorfully-decorated Adirondack chairs are cropping up in downtown Tunica, as over 15 businesses and individuals get their creative juices flowing.
“Chairs were provided by the Chamber and Clayton Mercantile for participants to paint,” explained Arts Council president Keri Graves. “We are really looking forward to seeing the art displayed around town.”
Tunica County School District banks on growth to improve rating
Teachers in the Tunica County School District (TCSD) say student growth is evident and key in advancing the district’s academic achievement rating, but data from the district shows most students are still behind in English Language Arts (ELA) and many in Math.
“The thing that we’re looking for basically is not passing or failing,” said Tiffany Foxx, a fifth grade math teacher at Robinsonville Elementary School. “It’s showing growth in our proficiency.”
Proficiency is a measure of student performance, which is progressively categorized into minimal, basic, proficient, or advanced, according to scores from the Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition (MCT2). All 3rd through 8th grade students in the state will take the MCT2 May 13-15.
County discusses insurance, new fees
Anticipating the June 1 expiration of a current contract for health insurance, supervisors voted Monday, April 7, to hire Nick Floyd of Mendenhall, MS as agent of record for Tunica County. Henry Nickson, McKinley Daley and Phillis Williams voted in favor of the motion, Cedric Burnett voted no, and Board president James Dunn abstained.
“I’m not comfortable voting, not having read his contract,” Dunn explained, after Board attorney Ellis Pittman said he had reviewed the terms. Pittman said the county could terminate the agreement with 30 days’ notice if officials weren’t satisfied with Floyd’s work.''
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