School Board examines policies, plans

By Amanda McBride

The Choctaw Plaindealer


Four people addressed the Choctaw County School Board in their July 16 board meeting.

Elizabeth Jenkins, owner of Forget Me Not Florist, asked the board to revise their policy of not allowing deliveries to students at school.

The current policy states, “Balloons, gifts, flowers, food, etc. will not be delivered to the school for the students,” according to the 2012-2013 Student Handbook.

Jenkins asked the board to consider revising the policy to allow deliveries to students, with restrictions. She also mentioned that teachers could receive delivers but not students.

After a short discussion, Superintendent Glen Beard, said he would work with Jenkins, other local vendors and administration to set guidelines for deliveries to students. The board agreed to look at the revised guidelines after they are complete.

Kenya McKinley, Social Work instructor at Mississippi State University, and Juli Hughes, County Coordinator, Family & Consumer Science/4-H with the Mississippi State University Extension Service – Choctaw County, asked the board to implement a backpack feeding program for the upcoming school year.

McKinley explained the program as sending food home with —- children on Friday’s for the weekend. She said that Broken Wings and The Food Bank would donate the food. The program would be voluntary and the children or families receiving the food would be as discrete as possible.

McKinley said Suddeth Elementary School in the Starkville School District provides a similar program.

Hughes added that they would like to begin a pilot program at Weir Elementary School and that they are still working out the details of how students would be identified for the program.

School Board Member Laura Gibbs said she was involved in a similar program at Head Start.

“It was a valuable program because some people don’t know that some children do not have enough to eat,” said Gibbs.

The board approved the pilot program stating for them to be as discrete as possible so that children are not singled out.

The third person to address the board was Rusty McKnight, principal at French Camp Academy. He asked the board to continue to provide transportation for FCA students to attend classes at the Choctaw County Career and Technology Center.

He said that FCA has an average of 28-30 students to take CCCTC classes each year. They believe 28 students will enroll in the CCCTC classes for the upcoming school year.

McKnight said allowing the students to attend the classes is a benefit for FCA and the CCCTC.

“We would like for you to reconsider. We would like to partner with you. We do one leg, you do the other…” said McKnight.

Superintendent Beard said state law says the public funds cannot fund private schools.

School Board Member Mike Thomas said he is personally looking into trade groups and associations to possibly fund the transportation.

“I’m looking at other groups to maybe help,” said Thomas. “I will help to find money (private) to do this,” he added.

The board took no action.

Next the School Board held an executive session with Sharon James, teacher at the CCCTC, to discuss a personnel matter. After the board meeting, Beard said it was tabled.

Under the discussion portion of the agenda, the board discussed what to do with metal chairs that have Indians and the Indian head logo printed on them. The chairs were used on the Ackerman High School basketball court for the players to sit on.

After a long discussion, the board approved to declare the chairs surplus, no longer needed and to donate them to the Choctaw County High School Athletic Booster Club to be used as a fundraising project. The approved motion also included that no Choctaw County School District employee and/or family cannot purchase the chairs according to state law.

The board also approved to add the word AIMSWEB to Board Policy IHE-Promotion and Retention. Beard said AIMSWEB is a program the district uses to help determine grade level.

Before approving the consent agenda, they pulled out three items at the request of School Board Member Clint Huffman.

The three items were to approve the recommendation of Shane Burton as Principal at CCHS, of Robbie Denson as Principal of WES and of Cheryl Doss as Choctaw County Alternative School Director.

The board quickly went into executive session to discuss personnel.

While in executive session, they voted 4-1 to approve all three recommendations. Huffman voted against the recommendations.

In the consent agenda, the following was approved:

• Conference/ Workshop Requests:

-Sue Tarver to MHSAA Fall Choir Teacher’s Meeting in Clinton, MS

-Ronda Huffman to MDE Teacher Budget Training in Jackson

-Dorothy Murphy to MS ACTE in Pearl, MS

-Kenny Clark to MASBO Fall Conference in Biloxi, MS

-Attendance to all MHSAA athletic events for all schools for the2013-2014 SY.

-Propane bids.

-Substitute list for the 2013-2014 SY.

-One-year interim certificate renewal for Speech/Language clinicians for Ashley Parvin for the 2013-2014 SY.

-Request to add a half-time science teacher position for the 2013-2014 SY.

-Request to add a music teacher position for the 2013-2014 SY.

-Request to release leasehold interest for 16th section 16-17-11.

-Correction to Cheryl Rawls, Gina Bishop and Joni McCulloch’s salaries.

-Recommendation of Vonda Burton as librarian at AES for 2013-2014 SY.

-Choctaw County Alternative Program For Discipline 2013-2014 Handbook.

-Request for Mrs. Gina Smith for her children to attend school in the district she works.

-Recommendation of Brittany Manuel as a substitute pending background, fingerprinting, and paperwork.

-Recommendation of Deborah Bruister for the Gifted Teacher Position at AES for the2013-2014 SY pending background, fingerprinting, and paperwork.

-Request for fundraiser at AES.

-Recommendation for Linda Henderson to assist with library work this summer.

-Recommendation of Jerry Riggan as a bus driver pending background, fingerprinting, licensure and paperwork.

-Resignation of Jerry Sanders as a full time bus substitute.

-Recommendation of Robert Black as a half route bus driver.

-Recommendation of Connie Baxter as a half route bus driver.

-Recommendation of part time bus substitutes.

-Recommendation of Keith Cox as a full time substitute bus driver.

-Recommendation of Mike Brown as a full time bus driver.

-Application for a one-year educator license for veteran teachers for Deborah Bruister for the 2013-2014 SY.

-Marcy McGlothin as a fifth grade teacher at FCE for the 2013-2014 SY pending background, fingerprinting and paperwork.

-Curt Sparks for a SPED position at CCHS for the 2013-2014 SY pending background, fingerprinting and paperwork.

-Recommendation of King Freeman as a substitute bus driver for the 2013-2014 SY.

-Bus routes salary schedule update for 2013-2014 SY.

-Recommendation from Ronda Huffman concerning Mrs. James and Mrs. Douglas

-Student Handbook for 2013-2014 SY

-Bus repair estimate for bus #78 from Mr. Scribner

-Request from Dr. Larabee for JBHS curriculum copies.

The following was approved in the financial agenda:

-Request for the moving of activity and club funds from WAC to CCHS.

-Request from Mr. McGee concerning the Magic Air Unit at CCHS.

-Docket of claims.

-Absentee report.

-Financial statements.

-Request for fixed asset disposal.

The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting will be Monday, August 12 at 7 p.m. in the boardroom at Central Office.