School Board approves employee recommendations

By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County School Board held a special meeting, on April 22.
At the beginning of the meeting, School Board President Mike Thomas
made a statement.
“We are not going to discuss school colors, mascots tonight. We do
not plan to go into executive session, unless there is a question
about a particular employee. We are sticking to our agenda.”
In the consent agenda, the School Board approved to cut the JROTC
program. After the meeting, Superintendent Glen Beard explained why
the board cut this program.
“This program was closed as a result of federal sequestration from
the federal government. This program requires a minimum of 75
students to maintain the funding. This program has been in the
district for 2 years. The closing of this program will save the
district $85,000 per year,” said Beard.
The meeting lasted six minutes.
In the consent agenda, the board approved:
—Approve the following resignations:
-James Pullen from AHS.
-Cinda Markham from AHS.
-Peggy Henderson from FCE.
-Tracie Stephenson from FCE.
-Renne Haynes from WAC.
-Morgan Britt from WAC.
-Tamara Moore from WAC.
-Ommie Ashford from WAC.
-Sherry Raybourn is resigning as a cafeteria worker only.
-Karen Clardy is resigning as a school bus driver only.
-Robin Robinson from Bus Driver.
—Approve cutting JROTC program.
—Approve recommendation concerning AEST program and WAC.
The recommendation was to close the AEST program at WAC.
Superintendent Beard explained after the meeting, “The district
currently operates two separate AEST programs one at the Career
Center and one at Weir Attendance Center. With the recent (federal
court) ruling there will no longer be a program at Weir Attendance
Center therefore board approval is required to close a program.”
—Approve new bus driver pay scale.
—Approve coaching supplements.
—Approve employee recommendations.
-Central Office
-Ackerman Elementary School
-Ackerman High School
-Alternative School
-French Camp Elementary
-Weir Attendance Center -Cafeteria
-Bus Shop
-Approve Ronda Huffman to attend the Spring CTE Directors’ meeting at
Hinds Community College on -April 30, 2013.
-Approve contract with Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw.
Superintendent Beard said the contract is to provide therapy services
to special education students on an as needed basis.
-Approve WAC Softball girls to MSU Softball game.
The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting will be Monday, May
13 at 7 p.m. in the boardroom at Central Office.