Two charter school applications vie for Tunica
Though 31 organizations submitted letters of intent to bring charters schools to various areas in Mississippi, only 12 actually turned in applications for review to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board (MCSAB ). Deadline for applications was March 14th.
“Two were for Tunica County,” MCSAB Chairman Tommie Cardin said. “One was for Emerge Community STEAM Charter School, the other for Dubois STEM & Arts Prep Academy of Tunica. Both of those proposed to start the 2015 school year.”
TCSD Superintendent set on advancing despite failing start
While many in the media and around the country are recognizing Tunica County School District’s Superintendent for his youth, Bernard Steven Chandler is focused on making sure his name and district are known for successes.
Chandler took office two years ago and has already experienced a gamut of challenges in his efforts to advance the district, he said. Some colleagues criticize Chandler’s leadership style and attribute it to early conflicts between Chandler and the Tunica County School Board. Chandler admits things started out rough with the board but they’ve been working together for positive results for the district in the last several months.
Shooting claims one
In the late afternoon on March 10, the serenity of spring break in a local neighborhood was quickly interrupted by blue lights, yellow tape and emergency personnel.
The Tunica County Sheriff’s Department reports that one young man is dead and another has been questioned following a shooting on Beatline Road in the New Sudivision. Because both parties are reportedly underage, names were not released by law enforcement. The victim was a senior at Rosa Fort High School.
Electric bills shock locals
After surviving some of the region’s coldest temperatures in years, several tenants of Buck Island Bayou Mobile Home Park in Robinsonville were upset by recent electric bills from Coahoma Electric Power Association.
“It was high,” Gloria Hunter said. “It’s too high, and we’re trying to find a way to get some kind of help to pay it.”
Though the temperatures were freezing, Hunter said she and her family had taken extra precautions to conserve energy during the extremely cold weather. Still, their most recent electric bill was $703, which is more than double their average bill, she said.
Hunter, who shares a three bedroom mobile home with three other family members, said she doesn’t believe the bill increase is an accurate reflection of her household’s electric usage.
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