School Board discusses finances, approves agenda

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County School Board approved a lengthy agenda and discussed the district’s finances.

Glen Beard, superintendent, told the board that the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors are considering land tax objections, as allowed by law, from Choctaw Generation. He said the power plant asked for a decrease in their in lieu payment of taxes and that the school district’s budget was figured with the amount of in lieu paid by the power plant as last year.

Kenny Clark, business manager, said if the supervisors grant the request, as allowed by law; it could cut the district up to $300,000 when they usually receive $900,000.

Both Beard and Clark said if the district receives significantly less then expected then the board will need to consider how to reduce the budget where staff is concerned.

The Board of Supervisors have until the end of August to make a decision on whether or not to grant any objections filed on land roll taxes. No action was needed in this discussion.

The School Board approved two separate hunting and fishing bids, the Teacher/Staff Handbook and the Choctaw County Alternative Program for Discipline for 2012-2013.

In the consent agenda the board approved: Ackerman FFA to attend National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Attendance of administrators, principals and teachers to attend the following conferences/workshops: AES-AHS-Jason Bridges and Chastity Whittington to New and Nearly New MAAECF Grades 3-5 in Jackson. CCCTC-Becky Stewart to Student Services Coordinator in Pearl. Central Office-Ronda Huffman to CTE Teacher Budget Data Entry in Jackson. Central Office-Michelle Larabee to DTC Training in Pearl. Central Office-Judy Black to Nitrikids Menu Planning in Tupelo. Central Office-Johnnie Henderson to PD with Pam Curry/Budget Conference in Jackson. Central Office-Kim Maxwell to Administrators MAAECF meeting in Jackson, Fall DTC training in Pearl and MAAECF grades 6-8 in Jackson. Central Office-Morgan Scribner to National Association for Pupil Transportation Conference. FCE-Kasie Dean to MAACEF in Jackson. WAC-Jewel Evans to ICT-I training in Brandon. WAC-Laurie Ward to Veteran MAAECF grades 6-8 in Jackson. Activation of Jimmie Lollar’s FMLA. MSFC Authorization for Services. Financial hardship waiver. Travel reimbursement for Keith Jefferies and Christina McDaniel. Subscription agreement and license agreement from Education Operations, Inc. to be paid out of at risk funds. Emergency licensure application for Lauren Chambley. Fundraisers for AHS Beta Club and English Department. Transfer request from Mr. Blaine. Transfer request from Tiffany Foutz. Request for participation in EEF Procurement Card Program and School District Travel Card Program. Fundraisers and Field Trip requests for WAC. CCCTC fundraisers. Request from Morgan Scribner. Special Ed. IDEA Part B and Preschool project application. Attendance to all MHSAA athletic events for all schools for the 2012-2013 School year. Request from Eboni Mack. School bus right of way. Bus turnarounds for 2012-2013 SY. Request to accept drug testing bid. Emergency bus substitute list. Eva Mooney as a bus substitute. Also in the consent agenda, the School Board approved the following Choctaw County School District personnel changes: Resignation from Robin Robinson from her 3rd block vo-tech route. New Employees: AES-LeAnn Crowley as assistant teacher. AHS-George Herring as music teacher/band director. AHS-Kimberly Pugh as inclusion teacher. FCE-Stacie Perry as tutor. Bethany Arnault as elementary assistant teacher. WAC-Jermaine Woodard as janitor. WAC-Megan Hill as elementary assistant teacher. WAC-Ommie Ashford as 6th grade teacher. Bus Shop-Mary Hughes as bus driver. Bus Shop- Troy Fulce as bus driver. Bus Shop- Jason McCuller as bus driver. Bus Shop-Virginia Bruce as bus driver. Bus Shop-Kenneth Goins as bus driver. Bus Shop-Wade Blaine as bus driver. Bus Shop-Deborah Reece recommendation. Bus Shop-Wilbur Chancellor recommendation. Change of position for Shaston Coleman. Position change for Linda Miller. Position change for Dr. Bob Mamrak. Supplement for Christina McDaniel that was left off previous supplement recommendation. Request to correct Kristy Camp’s contract. Amendment to Hannah Cross’ recommendation and contract. Amendment to Courtney Kirkman’s recommendation and contract. Substitutes-Laura Hunt, Kristi Mewbourn and Akeva Shumaker. In the financial agenda the board approved: Docket of claims. Teacher substitute report. Absentee Report. Financial statements. Requests for fixed asset disposal.

The next regular scheduled board meeting will be September 10 at 7 p.m. at Central Office.