Miss. Department of Education to Reorganize

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The state Department of Education says it's going to take steps to save millions of taxpayer dollars. The department recently received cost saving recommendations from an independent research company. Some changes may take place within the month.

Management, Incorporated out of Tallahassee, Florida showed the department about 80 ways it could be more efficient.

Management also recommended fewer employees in vocational education. The biggest change would be to decrease the number of attendance officers who try to get apathetic students back in school.

Management recommended doing away with 115 attendance officers and letting local districts oversee those remaining. Two Education Department employees look over the officers now. Rhodes is not sure what would happen to them.

The report said the recommendations could save as much as $20 million over a five-year period.