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

State clarifies school leadership

The position of superintendent in the Tunica County School District does not exist.  Though this isn’t new information, it is something that officials from the Mississippi Department of Education travelled to Tunica to tell the community once again face-to-face during a district community meeting on December 14.

In addition to clearing up any questions about the status of leadership of the district, School Conservator Dr. Margie Pulley and officials from MDE spoke about personnel changes, the process of the conservator’s exit, student achievement in the district, and community involvement while mixed reactions were shared during public comments and questions from the community.

Earlier this month, Tunica County Chancery Clerk Rechelle Siggers invited the public to attend a December 29 swearing-in event that would have included Dace.  Yet, as of December 15, Dace said he was still not sure that he will attend, after MDE Chief School Performance Officer Pat Ross said the swearing in should not include Dace since the position no longer exists.

“What is there to be sworn into?” Ross said.

Ross said his office reached out to officials at the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office to have the race for superintendent removed from the ballot but were unsuccessful.  Despite the fact that the election happened, the position is still null and void, he said.

“There is not a position to pay,” Ross said.

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Personnel changes ripple through schools

Several changes in leadership have cascaded through the Tunica County School District as the holiday break approaches, conservator Dr. Margie Pulley confirmed.

The district had announced last month that personnel actions were taken after two of its employees had an altercation on the Rosa Fort High School campus on Nov. 11.  The two parties involved in the fight were former RFHS football head coach and teacher Edwin Norwood and Trosiki Pettis.  Pettis was assistant principal and athletic director at the RFHS at that time.

“The Tunica County School District has investigated the altercation that took place between two district employees on Nov. 11 and has taken the appropriate personnel action. It is unacceptable that this incident occurred during instructional time and in the presence of students, whose safety and security remain the district’s primary concern,” Pulley wrote after the incident.

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Lady Lions aiming to pick up game pace

Rosa Fort High School Lady Lions fell to Aggie during their first game at home on Saturday, Dec. 5.  The Lady Lion were hoping to end their losing streak.  Their record is now 1-4.

The ladies looked strong early in the game and ended the first period 16-12 at the buzzer.  During the second period, the scoreboard shifted deeply as Aggie put up 20 while the Lady Lions only added 6.  Aggie had a 10-point over the Lady Lions at the halftime break, but the Lady Lions held tight in the third and fourth periods putting up 35 while Aggie also put up 35.  Ultimately, Aggie beat the Lady Lions in the second period, as the final score was 57-67.

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Freeman jet makes bumpy landing

A private jet with actor Morgan Freeman aboard made an unplanned – and rough – landing at the Tunica Airport Saturday night. The Syber Jet SJ30 skidded off the runway, sustaining minor damage. Neither Freeman nor the pilot, the only individuals on the flight, were injured.

“While we were surprised to be alerted of the unplanned landing, I am relieved to report there were no injuries to Mr. Freeman or the pilot. Our team is trained for all potential emergencies and our expert ground team at the Tunica Airport was ready for the situation,” said Eric Konupka, Executive Director of Tunica Airport.

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