School Board discusses handbooks

By Amanda McBride

The Choctaw Plaindealer


The Choctaw County School Board discussed items in the 2013-2014 Teacher/Staff and Student Handbook in their June 10 board meeting.

In the Teacher/Staff Handbook, the board discussed the dress code portion. In the handbook, there is no set dress code for teachers or staff. School Board members do not like the insert of “as determined by the school administrator” as it describes what teachers and staff should wear.

Michelle Larabee, assistant superintendent, said the dress code varies by school. The board discussed whether or not to strike that insert.

School Board Member Derek Hunt made the motion to strike the insert “as determined by administrator.” The motion died with lack of a second. The board then approved the Teacher/Staff Handbook as is with the change of the graduation date.

The board discussed the rule of not allowing students to have cell phones on school trips in the 2013-2014 Student Handbook. The board agreed the cell phones may be necessary and that it is hard to enforce. They approved the Student Handbook with changes to delete that sentence (cell phones on school trips) and to change the graduation date.

Also in the School Board meeting, Superintendent Glen Beard said that French Camp Academy would like to purchase the football field, that is behind French Camp Elementary, from the school district.

The board agreed that they do not want to sell the football field. They asked Kevin Null, school board attorney, to create a lease for FCA that includes terms of use for the football field.

The School Board also held an executive session on a student matter.

Under the discussion portion of the meeting, the school board:

-Opened and approved the single bank bid from Regions Bank. The bid stated the district would earn 0.16 percent on CDs per year.

-Opened and approved the single bid to purchase the walk-in freezer from Choctaw County High School from Eric Chambers for $300.

-Briefly discussed and approved the Mississippi Forestry Commission recommendations for 16-16-10 timber bid, aerial spraying bid, and Authorization for Services for the anticipated work for the 2013-2014 SY.

-Discussed and approved Board Policy update (IHE- Promotion and Retention). The following statement was added to this policy, “Students who are exempted for exams or for MCT2 or SATP day out are exempted for attendance and are not considered absent.”

-Discussed and approved the CCSD ELL Plan 2013-2014.

-Discussed request from the Town of Weir with possible action to be taken. Superintendent Glen Beard said the town’s request was for Weir High School sports memorabilia. The board took no action on this matter.

-Discussed TAC. No action was taken on this matter.

-Discussed which design layout to approve for the gym in the Ty Cobb. The board approved Plan 3, which includes Choctaw County Chargers logos.

-Discussed and approved summer maintenance projects.

-Discussed and approved transition work for summer 2013. This transition work included painting changes at CCHS to remove blue and gold painted bands in the hallways, painting over the Indian mural in the cafeteria and more.

-Approved to move the July board meeting from July 8 to July 16 at 7 p.m. in the boardroom at Central Office.

School Board Member Clint Huffman was absent from this meeting.

The board approved the following in the consent agenda:

-Approve request from Kristy Camp for FMLA.

-Approve Conference/Workshop requests to the ACTE Conference for employees at the CCTC.

-Approve renewal of Insurance policy from Planned Benefit Services, Inc.

-Approve donation of days from Lelia Chandler.

-Approve beginning of the year orders and items that do not require a purchase order.

-Approve the use of Wal-Mart, Lowes, and Sam’s Club cards for the purchase of instructional supplies and/or concessions.

-Approve the authorization of the Superintendent to expend budgeted travel expense funds and other expense funds provided for in said budget in the manner provided by law.

-Approve request from Superintendent to have it spread upon the minutes that he grants permission for Kenneth Clark, Business Manager, and Dr. Michelle Larabee, Assistant Superintendent, to use his signature stamp in case of an emergency.

-Approve the Procurement Plan for Child Nutrition 2013-2014.

-Approve resignation from Sandy Hunt at CCHS.

-Approve resignation from Dustin Haley.

-Approve transfer of staff children.

-Approve recommendation of Carolyn Stevens for 5th Grade teacher at WES.

-Approve recommendation of Amy Maxwell for the Gifted teaching position at AES for 2013-2014 SY pending clear fingerprint and background checks and paperwork.

-Approve recommendation of Ashley Parvin as SLP for CCHS for the 2013-2014 SY pending clear fingerprint and background checks and paperwork.

-Approve for the Boys Basketball team to Basketball Play date at the University of Alabama.

-Approve one-year interim certificate renewal for Speech/Language clinicians for Morgan Turner and Lauren Chambley for the 2013-2014 SY.

-Approve request for CCCTC network wiring.

-Approve resignation from Judy Oswalt for the 2013-2014 SY.

-Approve recommendation from Glen Blaine to release Judy Oswalt from her contract for the 2013-2014 SY.

-Approve updated Bus route salary schedule.

-Approve recommendation of Quincy Robinson as Fuel Man/Assistant for the Bus Shop for the 2013-2014 SY.

-Approve request for position transfer for Kylie Stanford at FCE for the 2013-2014 SY.

-Approve resignation and release from contract for Curly Sims.

-Approve ESY employee update.

-Approve permission for Business Manager and Assistant Superintendent to open and approve bids for the tractor, bush hog, and finishing mower at AES on June 19 at 2 p.m.

-Approve recommendation from Mr. Scribner for shuttle route employees.

The board approved the following in the financial agenda:

-Approve District Maintenance transfer to cover Unemployment Compensation Fund.

-Approve request to transfer 16th Interest to cover Federal Programs.

-Approve request to transfer 16th section interest pro-rata shared revenue funds due to Webster County School District.

-Approve request to generate a settlement check payable to Webster County School District on or before June 30.

-Approve request to transfer 16th Section interest to District Maintenance to cover summer maintenance and the transition projects.

-Approve docket of claims.

-Approve teacher substitute report.

-Approve absentee report.

-Approve financial statements.

-Approve diesel bids and the immediate payment thereof.

-Approve Request for fixed asset disposal.

The next School Board meeting will be June 25 at 10 a.m. to adopt the 2013-2014 budget. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be July 16 at 7 p.m. in the boardroom at Central Office.