MASS leader: Funding tops legislative agenda

Published 9:00 pm Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Funding will once again be among the top issues for educators during next year’s legislative session, the president-elect of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents said Monday.

     Lincoln County Superintendent of Education Terry Brister will go to Jackson Wednesday for a meeting with state officials to discuss education issues MASS would like to address in next year’s legislative session.

     “The budget and funding will be top issues next year,” Brister said during Monday evening’s Lincoln County School Board meeting. “It will certainly be an interesting and time-consuming session for education.”

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     Educators are always looking for additional funding for their schools, and Brister said that is the case in the LCSD as well. However, he said more money does not always translate to success.

     “I feel like more money, if used appropriately, can change the number of students per teacher,” he said. “That has been proven to be a plus for education.”

     On Tuesday, two Lincoln County schools will play host to voters casting their ballots on Election Day. Brister told trustees the schools are ready.

     “Everything is in place for the election at Bogue Chitto and Enterprise,” he said.

     Brister went on to say people coming on the district’s campuses Tuesday will not take away from instruction.

     “The students are used to it,” he said. “It won’t be a distraction at all.”

     Brister also said the parking lot work at Loyd Star Attendance Center is continuing and should be completed in the next three weeks.

     He said the main section has been poured and the next area will be the parking spots right off of Highway 583 in front of the school. After that the areas will be marked and striped.