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Barksdale non-renews MOU with Hazlehurst City Schools

By Bonnie L. Jackson
News Editor

The Hazlehurst City School District (HCSD) gave a rare update to the mayor and city board of aldermen during the March 5 meeting at city hall.
Led by Conservator Jimmy Hopkins, principals highlighted various events happening on the  middle and high school campuses.
In response to a question posed by Alderman Rick Akin about the success of the Barksdale Reading Institute program, Hopkins informed the board that Barksdale will not renew its Memorandum of Understanding with the Mississippi Department of Education to work with the Hazlehurst  Middle School.
According to Hopkins, Barksdale has chosen to focus on building leaders for schools administration instead of having a hand in the day-to-day operations of schools.
School highlights are: March is Education Awareness Month, Hazlehurst Middle School students will visit Mississippi congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. during this week, which is spring break, and members of the school will be visiting churches throughout the month.
HCSD is holding registration for Pre-K, and for kindergarten registration from March 18-22 from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Phone calls to Barksdale representatives were not returned before press time.

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