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Oktibbeha conservator gives update on schools

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Updated: 6/03/2013 4:57 pm
OKTIBBEHA COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - During Monday's school board meeting, Oktibbeha County Schools Conservator Dr. Margie Pulley gave an update on the school system since the state took control of it last year.

Pulley came on board in January as conservator and says in the last five months there have been good steps made in getting the school system in line with state standards.

Pulley said, "I see improvement in student achievement. We're making progress daily in reporting standards required by the Mississippi Department of Education. I see very, very good attitudes of the staff. The students were very receptive."

Pulley says getting students to achieve more than in the past is a goal that's being met in large part by ongoing professional development of teachers.

Pulley said, "You have to train your teachers. We brought people in to train our teachers. I think that's going to make a difference in what we did. Also Mississippi State has embraced Oktibbeha County."

State test results will be in later this month to show just how much of a change has been made.

In just a couple of years starting July 1, 2015, those Oktibbeha County students will consolidate with Starkville Schools.

County, city and state officials meet later this week in Starkville to discuss consolidation issues.

Pulley said, "We'll begin to work on the issues of consolidation. It's an open, public meeting."

In the meantime, the conservator says she'll continue to work toward what she was appointed to do.

That goal is to bring the four Oktibbeha County school campuses with a total of just under 900 students back from failing grades to passing ones.

That open meeting on consolidation is this Thursday at 1:00 p-m at the Greensboro Center in Starkville.

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