School board approves ad valorem tax levy for 2016-2017

By Daniel Brunty
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County Board of Education amended its final budget for the 2015-2016 year as well as discussed the ad valorem tax levy for the 2016-2017 year during its Aug. 8 meeting held at the Central Office.

Absent from the meeting was Beat 2 board member Clint Huffman.
Every year following the approval of the school district’s yearly budget, the district must approve the amendment of the previous year’s budget. The board members reviewed the previous budget to make sure that everything was in order.

Following the review, Beat 3 board member Linda McDaniel made a motion to amend and approve the final 2015-2016 budget. Beat 5 board member Mike Thomas seconded the motion, which was passed unanimously by the board.

During the school board’s June 17 public hearing for the school budget, it was stated that the decision had been made by the board not to request an increase in the ad valorem tax effort by Choctaw County School District and should not contribute to an increase in the ad valorem millage rate.

With no increase in the ad valorem tax, the board discussed the actual Ad Valorem tax levy that is requested from the county every year. These are funds that the county is required to provide for support and maintenance to the school district.

In the resolution for the request, the school district requested an ad valorem tax effort of $8,152,405.50 from Choctaw County. Thomas made the motion to approve the resolution, seconded by McDaniel. The board passed the motion unanimously.

With the school district recently incorporating the sports of cross-country and archery into its schools, the board members discussed the creation of coaching positions for both sports.
Following the discussion, Thomas made a motion to approve the coaching positions, seconded by McDaniel. The board passed the motion unanimously.

The board met Patrick and Jennifer Thomas, who were in attendance to make a request of the board. The Thomases explained to the board members how they are in the process of relocating to Choctaw County to live and have a home purchased in the county. The home at the present time is not in condition to be moved in to, and the Thomases requested of the school board during the meeting to allow their children to enroll their children into the Choctaw County School District before moving into the home.

After a discussion of the matter, McDaniel made a motion to allow the Thomases to enroll their children into the school district, seconded by Thomas. The motion was passed with a vote of 3-1, with Beat 4 board member Laura Gibbs voting against the motion.

The board members also reviewed the 2017 School Board Legislative Survey during the meeting. Following the review, the board agreed that the survey would be discussed and voted upon during the board’s September 2016 meeting.

In other news, the board:

Adopted agenda
Approved minutes from July 11 & 21, 2016 meetings
Approved financial reports
Approved the General Liability Coverage for the School Resource Office
Approved the request for the French Camp walking track (McDaniel recused herself due to conflict of interest
Consent Agenda:
6.1 Approved Workshops/Conference Requests
Carrie Smith, Jaime Blake, and Holly Stewart to School Wide PBIS Training in Flowood on August 16-17
Samantha Kelly to Multi Tiered Sysytems of Support in Meridian on September 8
Andy Young, Shaine Talley, and Paul Courtney to Archery Training on August 17
Shane Burton and Kasie Baxter to Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in Meridian on September 8
Robbie Denson, Bill Snyder, Lilia Fisher, Julie Chase, Sherrie Hall to MTSS School Level Training in Meridian on September 8
Kenny Clark to the MASBO Fall Conference in Gulfport on Sept. 14-16
Glen Blaine to Multi-Tiered System of Support Training in Meridian Sept. 8
Glen Blaine to the 2016 Fall Education Career Fair at MSU on October 25
Maureen Power and Kim Maxwell to SPED Directors Quarterly Meeting in Jackson on Sept. 7
6.2 Approved field trip requests
AEST students to the National Floriculture Competition with FFA in Indianapolis, TN on October 18-22
6.3 Approved fundraisers
6.4 Approved teacher children to attend where their parents work as requested
6.5 Approved Majority to Minority transfer
6.6 Approved Crisis Management Plan for the 2016-2017 SY
6.7 Approved resignation of Cathy McClain
6.8 Approved declaration of vacancy
6.9 Approved the bus driver list for the 2016-2017 SY
6.10 Approved the 2016-2017 substitute list
6.11 Approved substitute resignations
6.12 Approved recommendations of Camerlita Canterberry as a bus substitute and field trip driver
6.13 Approved the recommendation of Aaron Gaskin as a Janitor substitute
6.14 Approved the recommendation of Lisa Stephenson as a substitute pending clear fingerprinting, background check, and paperwork
6.15 Approved the recommendation of Beth Wells as a substitute
6.16 Approved the recommendation of Shelby Taylor as a substitute pending clear fingerprinting, background, and paperwork
6.17 Approved the recommendation of Kelly Williams as a substitute pending clear fingerprinting, background, and paperwork
6.18 Approved recommendation of GLA Construction to replace the fascia, soffit, and gutters at FCE
6.19 Approved recommendation of Quality Aluminum and Home Improvement to install an aluminum canopy from the bus line to the gym
6.20 Approved recommendation of Quality Aluminum and Home Improvement to install an aluminum canopy from the side doors of the cafeteria to the existing canopy
6.21 Approved recommendation to purchase a Library Circulation Desk at CCHS due to the flood
6.22 Approved recommendation for Century Heating and Cooling to replace a 10-ton air conditioner unit for the AES Cafeteria
6.23 Approved bus right of way for 818 Stewart Road
6.24 Approved bus turnarounds for the 2016-2017 SY
6.25 Approved the purchase of STAR 360, Accelerated Math, and AR360 to be paid by Title I funds
6.26 Approved the purchase of School Status to be paid out of Title II Funds
6.27 Approved request from AES to purchase 25 HP Chromebooks to be paid from Title I Funds
6.28 Approved the contract renewal between Under Armour, Sport Specialty and CCHS
6.29 Approved the contract renewal between Under Armour, Athletic House, and CCHS
6.30 Approved the recommendation to declare the Ricoh Priport DX 4542 salvage and dispose of it
6.31 Approved the CCSD ELL Plan for the 2016-2017 SY
6.32 Approved the Procedures Manual for Enrolling Homeless Students for the 2016-2017 SY
7. Financial
Approved docket of claims
Absentee report
Request for fixed asset disposal