School board sets date for budget hearing

By Daniel Brunty
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County School Board held their last regular monthly meeting before the end of the school year on May 12 at the Choctaw County Central Office.

After calling the meeting to order, the board approved the agenda, minutes, and financial reports. They also approved a 16th section lease cancellation, and summer maintenance programs for county schools.

Board members also discussed setting a time and date for a budget hearing and budget adoption for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. After a brief discussion, the board made a motion to set the date of the hearing on June 17 at 10 a.m., and the budget adoption to follow on June 24.

The School Board approved the following in the consent agenda:

    • Approved employee Workshop/Conference requests:
      • Mariann Beals to Writing Project Collaboration at Jackson State on July 21-22.
      • Mistie Thomas to CCSS Mathematics Boot Camp in Pearl on June 23-24.
      • Denese Barksdale to Cohort III: 6-8 Writing Project Collaboration in Meridian on July 23-24.
      • Angie Moncrief to 2014 Family and Consumer Science Curriculum Roll Out Training in Scooba on May 21.
      • Jennifer Box, Jenni Morgan, Tami McKnight, and Lisa Pruitt to LETRS in Belden on May 22-23.
      • Tami McKnight, Jenni Morgan, Stacie Perry, and Robbie Denson to MSTAR Tip-Star in Hattiesburg on June 24-25.
      • Robbie Denson to MASS in Biloxi on July 15-18.
      • Cheryl Doss to ELA and MA Boot Camp in Oxford on June 16-17 and July 7-8.
      • Cheryl Doss to MASS in Biloxi on July 13-18.
      • Cheryl Doss to Making Connections Conference in Biloxi on June 11-13.
      • Ronda Huffman to ACTE Summer Conference at Hinds CC on July 28-29.
      • Maureen Power to Statewide Directors Summer Meeting in Jackson on June 9-10.
      • Maureen Power to MASS Summer Convention in Biloxi on July 15-18.
      • Maureen Power to Social Media Conference in Jackson on June 12.
      • Francesca McGee to Social Media Conference in Jackson on June 12.
      • Kimberly Maxwell to Common Core State Standards Math Boot Camp in Oxford on July 7-8.
      • Kimberly Maxwell to Common Core ELA Boot Camp in Oxford on June 16-17.
      • Kimberly Maxwell to Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner in Pearl on June 19.
      • Kimberly Maxwell to Statewide SPED Director’s Meeting in Jackson on June 9-10.
      • Gina Smith to Leadership for School Change in Gulfport on June 16-17.
      • Mistie Thomas and Gina Bishop to Algebra I Teacher Boot Camp in Oxford on July 30.
      • CCCTC Staff to MS ACTE Conference in July.
    • Approved field trip/off campus activity requests:
      • AEST Choctaw Co. HS FFA to Summer Leadership Conference in Raymond on July 7-11.
      • CCHS students reward trip to Trustmark Park in Pearl.
      • CCHS students to World Strides trip to Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg, VA.
    • Approved the Choctaw County School District ELL Plan for 2014-2015.
    • Approved the Procedures Manual for Enrolling Homeless Students for 2014-2015.
    • Approved FY 2015 Consolidated Federal Programs Application.
    • Approved the Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) for each school and the district.
    • Approved the School Wide Plans (SWP) for each school.
    • Approved request to purchase Accelerated Reading, STAR Math, and STAR Reading programs.
    • Approved request to purchase Laptops, Router, and Headphones for FCE.
    • Approved request to spend CTE Management Funds.
    • Approved Paul Courtney’s upgraded license.
    • Approved Delisha Lacey resignation for AES and the declaration of a vacancy.
    • Approved transfer of Patrice Curtis from 3rd grade to open SPED teacher position and declaration of vacancy.
    • Approved recommendation of Kelsey Barnett as a 3rd grade teacher at AES pending clear fingerprint and background check.
    • Approved salary correction Jeanne Bruce for the 2014-2015 SY.
    • Approved salary correction for Elsie Edwards for the 2014-2015 SY.
    • Approved job title correction for Barbara Howard for the 2014-2015 SY.
    • Approved correction to the Choctaw County Coaching/Activity Supplement Scale.
    • Approved supplement additions for Trey Gant and Shaine Talley.
    • Approved correction to Sue Tarver’s salary for the 2014-2015 SY.
    • Approved Extended School Year Employees.
    • Approved FCA tutors for the 2014-2015 SY to be paid with Title funds.
    • Approved Jennifer Riddell recommendation for SATP tutor.
    • Approved Gina Bishop as credit recovery teacher for the summer of 2014.
    • Approved recommendation of Susanna Brooks as a SPED teacher at AES pending clear background, fingerprint, and verification of experience.
    • Approved recommendation of Stacy Perry as a 2nd grade teacher at FCE pending fingerprint, background check.
    • Approved recommendation of Julie Chase as a 2nd grade teacher at FCE pending clear fingerprint, background check, and verification of experience.
    • Approved recommendation of Rachel McCool as a Music Teacher at FCE/WES (50/50) pending fingerprint, background, and verification of experience.
    • Approved recommendation of Emily Cade as a High School Science teacher at CCHS pending clear fingerprint, background, and verification purposes.
    • Approved recommendation of James Catchot as a High School Social Studies teacher at CCHS pending clear fingerprint, background, and verification of experience.
    • Approved recommendation of Macy Young as a 2nd grade teacher at AES pending clear fingerprint, background, and verification of experience.
    • Approved recommendation of Bethany Busby as a 5th grade teacher at AES pending clear fingerprint, background, and verification of experience.
    • Approved recommendation of Emily Tuck as a Kindergarten teacher at AES pending a clear fingerprint, background, and verification of experience.
    • Approved recommendation of Shantia McGee as a part time secretary at AES pending clear fingerprint and background check.
    • Approved transfer of Tisha Smith from Assistant 2nd grade to Sped Assistant.
    • Approved transfer of Cynthia Weeks from Kindergarten Assistant to 2nd grade Assistant.
    • Approved Melinda Ellard as a Kindergarten Assistant teacher at AES pending clear fingerprint and background check.
    • Approved recommendation of Carlee Smith as a 4th Grade Teacher at WES pending clear fingerprint, background, and verification of experience.
    • Approved recommendation of Christina MaGee as a 4th Grade Teacher at WES pending clear fingerprint, background, and verification of experience.
    • Approved recommendation of FISH teachers for the 2014-2015 SY.
    • Approved request to add special education teacher units.
    • Approved summer workers recommendations.
    • Approved one year teacher application for Bethany Arnault.
    • Approved one year license application for Patrice Curtis.
    • Approved fundraiser requests.
    • Approved invitation for bank bids for the keeping of Choctaw County School Funds.
    • Approved invitation for propane bids.

The following was approved in the financial agenda:

      • Approved 16th section interest transfer to cover total for Culinary Arts facility and equipment.
      • Approved transfer of funds to maintain the required balance in the Unemployment Compensation fund.
      • Approved docket of claims.
      • Approved Absentee report.
      • Approved substitute report.
      • Approved diesel bids and the immediate payment thereof.
      • Approved request for fixed asset disposal.

The Choctaw County School Board will meet again on June 9 at 7 p.m. at the Choctaw County Central Office.