School Board approves lengthy agenda

By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County School Board held their regular March meeting on March 6.

In this meeting, the board recognized the Professional and Paraprofessionals of the Year.

Professionals of the Year are: AES-Christin Turnipseed, CCHS-Dense Barksdale, CCCTC-Sharon James, FCE-Jennie Morgan and WES-Leigh Johnson.

The District Teacher of the Year is Christin Turnipseed.

Paraprofessionals of the Year are: AES-Cynthia Weeks, CCHS-Tommy Ballard, CCCTC-Glennis Wood, FCE-Joy Trehern and WES-Angie Stevenson.

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

  • Discuss and approve financial reports.
  • Discuss and approve bid for the 13-14 audit for CCSD.
  • Discuss 12-13 audit results.
  • Discuss and approve resolution for the Board of Education approving a change order for work at the Culinary Arts Center.
  • Discuss and approve resolution of the Board of Education ratifying a contract for the purchase and installation of equipment for use in a Culinary Arts Center.

The School Board approved the following in the Consent Agenda:

  • Employee workshop/conference requests:
    • Michelle Larabee to MAFEPD Summer Conference in Jackson on June 15-18.
    • Michelle Larabee to CFPA Writing Workshop in Crystal Springs on April 2-4.
    • Glen Blaine to Excellence in Leadership for ELA Institute in Jackson on March 25-26.
    • Gina Smith to Excellence in Leadership for ELA Institute in Jackson on March 25-26.
    • Tammy Toombs to Regional Literacy Training for K-3 in Kosciusko on April 3-4.
    • Shelley Gammill to Regional Literacy Training for K-3 in Meridian on May 8-9.
    • Carol Ballard to Regional Literacy Training for K-3 in Jackson on March 27-28.
    • Roxanne Ables to Regional Literacy Training for K-3 Teachers in Grenada on April 10-11.
    • Cheryl Doss to Leadership for Excellence in ELA Institute in Meridian on March 20-21.
    • Robbie Denson to Leadership for Excellence Institute in Jackson on March 25-26.
    • Leigh Johnson to Using Data to Facilitate Change in Meridian on March 26-27.
    • Leigh Johnson to Regional Literacy Training for K-3 Teachers in Kosciusko on April 3-4.
    • Missy Martin and Faye Atkins to Literacy Training for K-3 in Grenada on April 10-11.
  • Field trip requests:
    • AES 3rd grade to Soil and Water Conservation Play at CCHS.
    • AES 4th grade to Arbor Day Celebration at Coal Mine.
    • CCHS Science Fair team to Mississippi State’s Science Fair on March 25.
    • CCHS 7th grade Accelerated English class to Starkville on March 29.
    • FCE Jr. Beta Club to Jr. Beta Convention on March 24-25.
    • FCE students to Soil and Water Conservation Play in Ackerman on April 10.
    • FCE students to Arbor Day Celebration at Coal Mine.
    • FCE 6th grade to CCHS for Transition Activity on April 23.
    • FCE students to MSU College of Veterinary Medicine on April 4.
    • FCE and WES Gifted Programs to McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Ala. On April 4.
    • WES 3rd grade students to Soil and Water Conservation Play in Ackerman on April 10.
    • WES students to MS Braves Game for reward on April 30.
    • WES students to Arbor Day Celebration at Red Hills Coal Mine.
    • WES 6th grade to CCHS for orientation.
    • WES Special Education students to Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in Tupelo on April 4.
    • WES kindergarten to Tom Glasgow Park for Easter Egg Hunt in Ackerman on April 16.
    • WES Beta Club to Choctaw County Nursing Home for Community Project on April 10.
    • WES 5th and 6th graders to Starkville for skating and easting as benchmark reward trip.
    • WES 2nd grade to Natural Science Museum of Miss. in Jackson on May 9.
  • Request to accept timber bid for 16th section property.
  • Resignation of Troy Fulce from bus driving position.
  • Recommendation of Lance Thomas as bus driver to assume Troy Fulce’s position.
  • Glenda McDaniel’s FMLA request.
  • Fundraiser requests.
  • Substitutes pending clean background check and paperwork.
  • Recommendation of Rebecca Oswalt as cook/cashier at CCHS.
  • Resignation of Lynn Scribner as counselor at CCHS and declaration of vacancy.

The School Board approved the following in the financial agenda:

  • Docket of claims.
  • Absentee report.
  • Substitute report.
  • Diesel bids and the immediate payment thereof.
  • Request for fixed asset disposal.

The next regularly scheduled School Board meeting will be Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. The board meets the second Monday of every month at Central Office in Ackerman.