Superintendents Share Legislative Agenda

Superintendents from east and central Mississippi met with legislators in Meridian Friday. The purpose was to present its agenda for the 2009 session.

The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents has ten key points of concern:

* Full funding for Mississippi Adequate Education Program
* Teachers' salaries
* Building funds
* Senate Bill 2149
* Increases operational costs
*Instructional supplies
* At-risk funding
* Mandatory publication of tax increase
* 55 mill cap
* Retired teachers from out of state

"I think we must explain to them what we're faced with and I think we need to be willing to listen to our legislators and what they're faced with," said Lauderdale County superintendent Randy Hodges.

"I think we're real close. It doesn't mean we can do it all," said Sen. Videt Carmichael of Meridian, who chairs the Senate Education Committee. "But I think we can start working toward each one of the items piece by piece on their own. I think some will happen, no doubt."

Carmichael said this is the first time he can remember superintendents and teachers being so close on their priorities.

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