The Tupelo Public School District celebrated two “A” schools when the Mississippi Department of Education released its latest rankings in the fall. The district received a “B” grade for the second year in a row, based on results of state tests.
The two “A” schools were Lawndale Elementary and Tupelo High Schools. THS also celebrated its 100th anniversary and earned multiple sports state championships during the year. The 7,300-student district also won numerous extracurricular competitions including state championships for its newspaper and broadcast staffs, three teams that qualified for the National Bridge Building championships and an individual champion of the Mid-South spelling bee.
Tupelo Schools expanded a district-wide arts integration program that uses drama, music, theater and visual art to help teach academic concepts.
The Lee County School District is undergoing much construction and renovations thanks to a $13.5 million bond issue approved by voters in July. That includes work on nine of the district’s 11 campuses, much of which will be done this summer. Saltillo Primary, Saltillo High, Guntown Middle, Shannon High and Plantersville Middle Schools each will receive new wings or buildings.
The 7,200-student district had two National Merit Semifinalists. Six of its schools earned a “B” grade – Guntown, Mooreville High, Mooreville Middle, Saltillo Elementary and Saltillo High Schools – while the district received a “C.”
Both the Tupelo and Lee County School Districts completed their first year of a dual enrollment program through Itawamba Community College that allows students to earn college credit while in high school.
Parts of two other school districts are located within Lee County. The Baldwyn district is in both Lee and Prentiss counties, while the Nettleton district is in Lee and Monroe counties.
(Chris Kieffer via The Source)
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