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

Superintendent proposes coaching strategy

After reviewing districtwide STAR data from August, September and October, Superintendent of Education Steve Chandler is going back to his football roots. He and the district hope to bring in some new recruits to help coach teachers to successful year end results.
Chandler has recommended the hiring of three instructional specialists for Tunica County Schools. The school board approved the additional personnel at their meeting on Nov. 14. Chandler said “to his knowledge,” instructional specialists are a first for Tunica County Schools.

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Local events usher in holiday season

Tunica will start the countdown to Christmas in a big way this weekend with three holiday themed events.
On Nov. 30, the Town of Tunica will host its tree lighting in Rivergate Park. At 5:30, attendees can enjoy Christmas carols, hot chocolate and fellowship. A special guest from the North Pole is set to appear.

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Kansas man named suspect in bank robbery

Criminal Investigation Division Commander Cedric Davis of the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department had a hunch that the public could be an asset in the apprehension of a suspect in the early morning robbery of a local bank. Days later, he was right, as the S.O. announced a suspect in the case thanks to an anonymous tip from CrimeStoppers.
In a press release issued at 1:33 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26,  investigators announced the arrest of Marvin Webb, 45, of Girard, Kansas in connection with the Nov. 23 robbery of First Security Bank in Robinsonville. Webb was in custody in Crawford County, Kansas and will be extradited to Tunica. The release notes that Webb is also a “person of interest” in the Oct. 30 robbery of Mahan’s Grocery in Tunica.

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Chandler eyes progress

With time ticking down on the first half of the school year, Superintendent Steve Chandler presented an academic calibrator to the school board on Nov. 14.
He said that the changes are being made in the district and five procedures are in place to facilitate that change. The district is now using: white board protocol; competency and strand specific student work stations; weekly leadership team and professional learning community meetings with finished products; academic tracking using Renaissance STAR assessments and monthly school leadership team calibrator presentations.

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