School Board approves budget, hires teachers

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County School Board approved their 2012-2013 budget in a called meeting on July 30.

The budget was broken into three different budgets to allow a quorum to pass the budget. Three board members have family members working for the district and they are not allowed to vote on items related to those members.

In budget #1, School Board Member Mike Thomas left the meeting before the budget was approved. For budget #2 School Board Member Bertha Miller left the room and budget #3 Linda McDaniel left the room.

On the budget subject, the board approved a resolution asking the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors for a specified amount of funds from homestead and ad valorem taxes.

The board also approved to amend the final budget for the 2011-2013 school year.

Right after the budget approval meeting, the Choctaw County School Board held a second called meeting to hire teachers and more.

Michelle Larabee, SPED director, asked the board to create the position and hire a transition coordinator.

She said state awarded the CCSD SPED department two extra teaching units that would completely pay for two extra SPED teachers.

Larabee explained that the transition teacher would work with special education students in 7-12th grade at Ackerman High School and Weir Attendance Center helping them figure out what steps to take after high school.

“It would help them transition out of high school into the real world,” said Larabee about the new position. She said the teacher would work with approximately 40-50 students on a one on one basis.

The second extra teacher was hired at French Camp Elementary to help with students at that school.

In the consent agenda the School Board approved: Declaration of position and hiring of Transition Coordinator. Resignation of Thomas Raybourn as bus driver and request to stay on as a substitute bus driver. Hiring of Morgan Britt to place Robin Cummings at AES. Hiring of Cinda Markham at AHS. Resignation of Catherine Rhodes from FCE. Hiring of Robert Black as a bus driver. Application for emergency license for Morgan Turner. Request from Valerie Freeman. Resignation of Lassandra Turner.