- Associated Press - Monday, December 21, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The new operator for the troubled Head Start program in Harrison County has fired the teachers and staff that had worked for Gulf Coast Community Action Agency.

Last week the Gulf Coast Community Action Agency lost its federal Head Start designation and $9 million in federal money after there were recurring allegations of child abuse or corporal punishment and that the agency had failed to report those incidents to state authorities.

WLOX-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1TcmE2d ) that the announcement about the firings was made Friday.

The agency now overseeing the head start program, Community Development Institute, says the Head Start employees can re-apply for their jobs on Monday.

The new operator plans to reopen the facilities as scheduled on Jan. 5.



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Information from: WLOX-TV, https://www.wlox.com

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