April 14, 2014                                                                                             Archives

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MSBA Launches Superintendent Searches

The Mississippi School Boards Association is currently conducting superintendent searches for the North Bolivar Consolidated Schools District, Nettleton School District, and Sunflower County Consolidated School District.  All suitable applicants should visit the Superintendent Search page on the MSBA website www.msbaonline.org for more information on the positions and to submit an application.

Deadlines for active searches are:
North Bolivar Consolidated School District: April 23
Sunflower County Consolidated School DistrictMay 2
Nettleton School District: May 9


Safe, Drug Free Schools Conference Scheduled for July

The 2014 Safe and Drug Free Schools Conference will be held June 9-13 at Biloxi High School.  This is the primary school safety conference for the state that will feature all school safety/discipline law updates as well as critical presentations regarding student restraint and crisis planning.  This conference is co-sponsored by the U.S. Attorney, Attorney General, and Mississippi Association of School Resource Officers.  MDE will be furnishing the tuition for all MCOPs funded SROs.  The keynote speaker is Bernie James, JD, Pepperdine University School of Law, who will be presenting on the “School to Prison Pipeline”.  Registration is available at www.masro.us, or contact the Division of School Safety at (601) 359-1028.


Bike to School Day Event Features Bike Giveaway
In celebration of National Bike to School Day on May 7, the National Center for Safe Routes to School is pleased to announce the National Bike to School Day 2014: Helmets on Heads Bike Share Giveaway.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School, the agency that coordinates National Bike to School Day, in partnership with Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads program, will give away 10 bicycles and 20 helmets to 10 schools or student-focused community organizations that register to participate in this year’s Bike to School Day event. In order to enter the weekly drawings for the 10 bicycles and 10 helmets, schools must register a school or kid-focused community organization event at www.walkbiketoschool.org. 
Two drawings will take place every week beginning on April 16. Registration closes on May 31. Only one event registration per school will be considered for a chance to win the National Bike to School Day 2014: Helmets on Heads Bike Share Giveaway prize.
Additionally, all local resources that registered on the website will be included in the final drawing and will be given the opportunity to select a school to receive the bikes on behalf of that resource. For more information on the 2014 National Bike to School Day celebration, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org/about-the-events/bike-to-school-day.


Community Eligibility Provision Webinar Set

The Offices of Child Nutrition and Federal Programs will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m. regarding the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The webinar will provide an overview of the CEP, including eligibility requirements, deadlines, financial implications, and guidance from USDA and USDE. Please follow this link for information on the CEP: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/cep

Webinar Registration Information:

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Space is limited.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


MDE Seeks Proposals for Migrant Education Center, Homeless Children Grant

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is soliciting proposals for the purpose of creating a Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center. This center must provide academic enrichment opportunities for Migrant Children, to prepare them to meet core academic achievement standards in schools across the state.

Potential offerors may access the Request for Proposal at www.mde.k12.ms.us<http://www.mde.k12.ms.us> under the Public Notice/Request for Proposals/Federal Programs Office.  The deadline for receipt of proposals is on or before 3:30 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST) Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Please direct questions to Patrice J. Boone at pboone@mde.k12.ms.us<mailto:pboone@mde.k12.ms.us> by April 17.

Also, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is soliciting proposals for the purpose of McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth grant.  The Request for Proposals may be accessed by potential offerors at www.mde.k12.ms.us<http://www.mde.k12.ms.us> under the Public Notice section.  The deadline for receipt of proposals is on or before 3:30 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST) Monday, June 2.

Please direct questions to Barbara Greene at bgreene@mde.k12.ms.us<mailto:bgreene@mde.k12.ms.us> by April 18.


GREAT Training Available in May

Gang Reduction Education and Training (GREAT) Instructor certification will be conducted at the Gulfport Air National Guard Base May 12-21.  The Mississippi Department of Education will pay for the lodging and tuition of MCOPS participants.  Please go to www.great-online.org and sign up if you plan to attend.  This is a superb character education program that is free and all materials are downloadable.  It is for grades 4-12.  For questions, contact Robert Laird at (601) 359-1028.


School Nurse Intervention Program Accepting Applications

The Office of Healthy Schools (OHS) is accepting applications for the School Nurse Intervention Program (SNI) grants. The Request for Applications (RFA) was made available March 25 and all applications must be received by 3:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on May 1 in the MDE Office of Procurement, per RFA instructions. The purpose of this application process is to promote a statewide school nurse program designed to prepare local school districts to incorporate a school nurse program into their local educational programs. A limit of two applications per school district will be accepted. Each application should stand alone in its plans to improve student health through the hiring of a school nurse.

The awards will be $50,000 each, renewable for four years, contingent upon legislative appropriation each year. Grantees must meet specific benchmarks to be eligible for grant renewals. 

Please use the link below to access the RFA. Questions should be directed to Estelle Watts at ewatts@mde.k12.us.ms or call 601-359-1737.



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To inform you of vacancies in school districts, we provide a link each week to a list of school district openings. This list, updated monthly, is compiled by the Mississippi Teacher Center and includes job openings for administrators and teachers. To view the current monthly list, visit http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/teacher-center.

For information on employment in the MDE, contact the Office of Human Resources at 601-359-3511 or visit the "Active Recruitment List" on the State Personnel Board Web site at www.msps.ms.gov for a list of openings in all state agencies.