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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Co. sets sights on vote plan

Three years after 2010 census numbers were released, Tunica County supervisors are edging closer to adoption of a voter redistricting plan.

With inclement weather and power outages abbreviating Monday’s regular meeting, the county board met again Wednesday to complete a lengthy agenda; they were expected to discuss an upcoming “final redistricting meeting” on Monday, March 10, at 10 a.m.

The Board has indicated at previous meetings that it intends to adopt Community Plan 7C, which was put forward by a citizens’ group. Two other plans were considered, the first developed by Chris Watson of Bridge & Watson and presented in May 2011, and the second submitted by Cleveland attorney Ellis Turnage, which was presentetd at a June 2013 hearing. Community Plan 5A was unveiled in October 2013, but the plan currently being considered has never been widely publicized.

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Two applications underway for local charter schools

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Primary contacts at the two entities with letters of intent to bring charter schools to Tunica County said their applications are on track to meet the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board’s (MCSAB) March 14 submission deadline.  While MCSAB Chairman Tommie Cardin said his organization looks forward to reviewing those applications, he urged Tunica County citizens to ask questions and get an understanding of how key components of proposed charter schools might work.

Cardin said review of applications to bring charter schools to Tunica County and other places in Mississippi will proceed at the MCSAB, despite any opposition to charter schools.

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Charter proposals draw mixed reviews

Though two letters of intent have been submitted to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, citizens of Tunica County say they are still not certain how charter schools will improve education in the county, where the public school district is failing and the only other option is small fee-based, private Christian school Tunica Academy.

Tunica County Schools Superintendent Steve Chandler admitted he has a long way to go to get Tunica County schools on track but said he believes his plan will work if he’s given the time needed to see it happen.

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Locals get a taste of government

Two Tunica students recently served as Pages for the Mississippi House of Representatives. Caliyah Harris (center left), the daughter of Tarika Harris, attends Tunica Middle School.

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