School board recognizes teachers

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County School Board held their monthly meeting on November 13. In the meeting Amber Vowell and Sandy Hunt were recognized for being high performing teachers in their subjects.

Linda McDaniel, school board president, announced that the Choctaw County School District was awarded the Lantern Award for receiving a letter grade B by the Mississippi School Boards Association for the recent accountability results.

The board also discussed and approved a new board policy on dyslexia that is mandate from the state but the procedures have not been established yet.

They also approved the Rural and Low-Income Schools Program application for 2012-2013 and the FY 2013 Finalized Consolidated Federal Programs application.

Before closing the meeting, the board met in executive session to discuss pending litigation.

Superintendent Glen Beard was absent from this meeting. Michelle Larabee, Curriculum/Special Education director, was there in his place.

The board approved the following in the consent agenda: -Approve school trips -AES: Pace students to MSU for Entomology tour. -AES: Pre-K to Little Mountain for nature hike, tour and picnic. -AES: Kindergarten to May’s Corn Maze in Stewart. -AES: 3rd – 5th grade to Healthworks in Tupelo. -AES: 4th – 6th grade PACE to MS to Dept. of Civil Engineering. -AES: 1st and 2nd grade to Tupelo to attend Disney on Ice presentation. -AHS: Juniors to MSU in Starkville for a campus visit. -AHS: Seniors to EMCC in Mayhew for campus visit. -AHS: Seniors to MSU in Starkville for campus visit. -AHS: JROTC to MS Air National Guard for C-17 Flight for JROTC cadets. -CCCTC: Students to attend Engineering – TSA in Mayhew. -CCCTC: Ackerman FFA (Junior Chapter) to Raymond for Junior Retreat. -FCE: Students to The Nutcracker Ballet in Jackson -WAC: Seniors to MSU in Starkville for campus visit. -Approve Conference/Workshop requests: -Maureen Power and Robbie Denson to MDE M-START Training in Jackson -Andy Young and Paul Courtney to Easton Baseball Conference in Philadelphia. -Approve fundraisers. -Approve request from Tyler Martin to go on a mission trip. -Approve recommendation for Mrs. Joanne Reid. -Approve request for financial hardship waiver. -Approve request from Morgan Scribner. -Approve request from Glen Blaine to fix driveway at AES. -Approve request of Bubba Pope to return performance bonds. -Approve request from Bubba Pope for Authorization of Services. -Approve request from Bubba Pope to accept timber sale bid for 16-19-10. This item was pulled from the consent agenda and approved separately after School Board Member Clint Huffman left the room for the vote due to a family relation involved in the bids. -Approve transfer approval form.

The School Board approved the following personnel changes in the consent agenda: -Approve transfer of Bethany Arnault. -Approve resignation of Deborah Reece. -Approve substitutes pending background check and fingerprint results. -Approve recommendation from Mr. Scribner to hire Valerie Freeman as bus driver pending qualification, background check and fingerprint results. -Approve recommendation from Mr. Scribner to hire Robin Robinson for 3rd Block Vo-tech route.

The financial agenda was approved: -Approve docket of claims. -Teacher substitute report. -Absentee report. -Financial statements. -Approve diesel bids and immediate payment thereof. -Request for fixed asset disposal.

The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting will be Monday, December 10 at 7 p.m. in the board room at Central Office.