School Board reviews policies

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County School Board held their regular monthly meeting on June 4 at the Ty Cobb Complex instead of the Central Office boardroom.

During the meeting the board heard public comments concerning the restructuring plans of the Choctaw County School District.

After public comments, School Board Member Linda McDaniel and Superintendent Glen Beard briefly explained two options the board was considering of the restructure of the schools.

Shortly afterwards, the board approved, in a 3-2 vote, to implement Proposal 1 upon approval from the Department of Justice. Proposal 1 includes two elementary schools with Pre-K-5 grades at Ackerman Elementary and French Camp Elementary; one junior high school with 6-8 grade at Weir Attendance Center and one high school with 9-12 grades at Ackerman High School.

The School Board hired Shane Burton was the principal for Weir Attendance Center in the consent agenda for the June 4 board meeting. He will begin July 1 with responsibilities as a regular principal.

Anthony McGee’s role will change from interim WAC principal to Director of Physical Plant as approved in the board meeting.

“Anthony McGee was approved as Director of Physical Plant. This is needed to coordinate issues related to the facilities in the district. The repairs and maintenance, the janitorial supplies and upkeep, coordinating projects such as roofs, tile, construction, grounds, utilities, has been a varied approach until now.

We feel it is best to coordinate this under one roof with one person in charge to maximize savings in the district,” said Glen Beard, Jr., after the meeting.

The School Board also approved in a 4-1 vote to accept five single wide and one double wide portable classrooms, free of charge, from the Ocean Springs School District. School Board Member Derek Hunt opposed accepting the classrooms.

After the meeting, Beard explained how these classrooms will be utilized and what costs are involved.

“There is no charge for these (classrooms). We will need this space at French Camp Elementary so we chose to take advantage of this availability. Cost to transport is estimated at $20,000 for the entire lot. Keep in mind, we would have had the purchase or lease cost of the portable units plus the set up and transportation fees if these were not available,” said Beard.

The dates for the Choctaw County School District’s budget hearing and approval were changed to allow the business manger more time to prepare an accurate budget.

“The original date for the budget hearing was set in the May board meeting to be held on July 12. June 22 was set as the deadline by which the district would need to have received approval for restructuring from the Department of Justice in order to restructure for the 2012-2013 school year. Any budget prepared prior to action by the school board on the issue of restructuring would not have been accurate. The budget hearing set now for July 18 should accurately reflect the proposed budget for the school district and align with the direction the district will follow,” said Beard.

Also during this meeting, the board adopted updated policies on:

-Board Policy JCDAB -Board Policy J, K, L, M -Board Policy IHE -Student Handbook -Board Policy IJ-R (1) and IJ-E (1) and (2). The School Board will review the following updated procedures to be approved at their next regular meeting: -Procedures manual for enrolling homeless students -2012-2013 Choctaw County School District Student Teacher Handbook -Comprehensive Needs Assessment 2012-2013 -Dropout Prevention Plan for 2012-2013

-ELL Plan In the consent agenda the board approved:

o Workshop/conference requests: -Robert Black to 2012 ACTE Summer Conference at Hinds Community College-Raymond. -Becky Stewart and Ronda Huffman to 2012 MS ACTE Summer Conference in Pearl. -Ronda Huffman to MIS Date Conference in Pearl. -Sunja Douglas, Dudley Vance, Sandi Murihead and Sharon James to ACTE in Pearl. o AHS Jr. High Cheerleaders to attend cheer camp at MSU. o One-year licensure application for Melissa Collins. o Authorization of services for MS Forestry Commission for 16-17-9, 16-19-11 and 16-18-11 for road maintenance and silviculture burn to 16-15-10. o The use of Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and Sam’s Club cards for the purchase of instructional supplies and/or concessions. o Authorization of the Superintendent to expend budgeted travel expense funds and other funds provided in said budget in the manner provided by law. o Request from Stewart G. Beard, Jr. to have it spread upon the minutes that he grants permission for Kenneth Clark, Business Manager, to use his signature stamp in case of an emergency. o School fundraisers. o Beginning of the year orders and items that do not require a purchase order for the 2013-2013 school year. o Recommendation from MS Forestry Commission to accept bid from James Brooks for piling on 16-19-10. o Temporary 16th section interest transfer to cover federal programs. o Contract with HMS Consulting, LLC for 2012-2013 school year. o Request for permission to transfer funds from District Maintenance to Unemployment Compensation to raise the fund to the required level. o Travel reimbursement for Johnnie Henderson attending the New Federal Program Coordinator’s Training. o Procurement plan for Child Nutrition for 2012-2013 school year. o GED option program application. Also in the consent agenda, the School Board approved the following Choctaw County School District personnel changes: o Tabitha Pollard as a substitute teacher for the 2012-2013 school year pending paperwork and background check. o Correction to a FCE teacher’s salary. o Summer workers for temporary employment: AES-Wayne Robison, Lenny Taylor, AHS-Kitre Brown, Tierin Hatchett, FCE-Luke McKnight, Daley Johnson, WAC-Tyler Martin, Shaquille head. o Extended school year and summer school employees. o Resignations: AES-Robin Cummings, AES-Angela Dempsey, FCE-Angie Blake. o Hiring of principal for WAC for the 2012-2013 school year. o Changing role for Anthony McGee. o Hiring of a speech pathologist for WAC and FCE. In the financial agenda the board approved: o Docket of claims. o Teacher substitute report. o Absentee report. o Financial statements. o Requests for fixed asset disposal.

The next regular scheduled board meeting will be July 2 at 7 p.m. at Central Office.