Athletic fees topic of School Board meeting

By Amanda McBride

The Choctaw Plaindealer


Athletic fees were on a topic of the December 9 School Board meeting. Beat 4 School Board Member Laura Gibbs believes the fees to play sports at Choctaw County High School are too high.

Adam Dillinger, CCHS athletic director, explained that the school does not charge students to play sports but sometimes it is necessary for them to purchase needed equipment. Dillinger continued saying parents have an option of paying for the equipment or the students can earn it through team-sponsored fundraisers. He also said that items students keep the items them purchase.

“Everybody that may want to participate needs to know things,” said Gibbs about the fundraising options.

Gibbs said she has heard of students not participating in sports because they can’t afford to purchase the extras. She suggested having the students purchase the necessities needed to play then as a team raise funds to purchase everyone the extras like ball bags and others.

Gibbs and Dillinger also briefly discussed the difference in fees between Weir and Choctaw County.

Later in the discussion, the school board asked Dillinger to make sure that parents now all the options of how to pay for items required by each sport.

No action was needed or taken on this matter.

Also during the School Board meeting, they discussed the French Camp Academy/Career Tech transportation issue. The issue is that the Choctaw County School District cannot transport the FCA private school students.

The CCSD recently requested an Attorney General’s Opinion on the matter. It said the district could provide the needed transportation to the Career and Technology Center without spending extra funds.

Superintendent Glen Beard said the issue is paying the bus driver the extra hours to run the bus route.

All school board members said they would like to provide the transportation if it were legal.

Beat 5 School Board Member Mike Thomas said currently FCA is providing transportation to the CCCTC.

“If its illegal, its illegal. Let’s move on,” said Beat 1 School Board Member Derek Hunt.

The board discussed with Morgan Scribner, district transportation director, whether or not a certain bus driver comes to Ackerman early or not.

“If this is going to be our story, lets be consistent,” said Thomas.

“I understand we can’t expend public funds but I don’t like it,” he added.

The board took not action on this matter.

The School Board held an executive session to discuss a student matter. No action was taken.


The board approved the following in the consent agenda:

Approve employee Workshop/Conference request.

Michelle Larabee to DTC Training in Pearl on February 4.

Shellie Anderson to Social Communication Students with Autism in Flowood on January 22.

Shellie Anderson to MAAECF-AVS in Pearl on January 15.

Jeweltime Evans and Ashlyn Moulds to Alternative Assessment Training in Oxford on January 17.

Maureen Power to IDEA Discipline/Manifestation Review in Flowood on December 19.

Approve field trip requests

Choctaw County High School Beta Club to the State Convention on February 17-18.

CCCTC AEST/CCHS FFA to Junior FFA Retreat in Raymond, MS on January 10-1.

CCCTC Ag/FFA to Dixie Nationals on February 11.

FCE students to Louisville for a movie day for AR rewards on December 13.

Approve maternity leave for Mrs. Kelly Tuck beginning November 11.

Approve FMLA for Mrs. Sarah Nesbit for up to 12 weeks.

Approve request for FMLA for Becky Stewart.

Approve request for FMLA for Robbie Denson.

Approve recommendation of Jeffrey Gammill as custodian at AES.

Approve recommendation of Title I tutors for the Choctaw County High School.

Approve donation of days.

Approve pest control recommendation for 2014.

Approve copier bids recommendation.

Approve request for easement for 16-18-11.

Approve fundraiser request for AES.

Approve fundraiser request from WES PTO.

Approve acceptance of equipment from Holmes Community College as a donation.

Approve the Dropout Prevention Plan for 2013-2014.

The following was approved in the financial agenda:

Approve docket of claims.

Absentee report

Substitute report

Request for fixed asset disposal.

Financial statements.

Approve request from Mrs. Chandler concerning outstanding checks.

Approve request to transfer 16th Section Interest to be paid back in first quarter of 2014.

Approve the payment of Innovative Performance bill and the immediate issuance of check.

Approve the payment of Rocky Vaughan Graphic Design and the immediate issuance of the check.

The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting will be January 13 at 7 p.m. at Central Office in Ackerman. The board meets the second Monday of each month.