As Mississippi awaits word from Toyota Motor Corporation about when work will resume on a car plant near Blue Springs, officials are acting on the automaker's promise of a $50 million education enhancement endowment for some public schools.
The CREATE Foundation announced the endowment's first project Wednesday. It's a curriculum management audit for the eight school districts in Lee, Union and Pontotoc counties. The districts are located in the area near the plant site.
Toyota will make its first $5 million payment to the fund in May.
Toyota spokeswoman Barbara McDaniel said she hopes the move will reassure the state that the company is committed to resuming work on the Blue Springs plant at some point in the future.