Thursday, January 20, 2005

Rodgers, Garrison join county school board

Staff Writer

Harvey Garrison and Terry Rodgers were sworn in as members of the Marshall County School District Board of Trustees at the January 11 meeting.

Immediately afterward, the board elected new officers - Pat Woods, chairman; Barbara Pipkin, vice chairman and Queen Dean, secretary.

Superintendent Don Randolph apprised the board of completed work and new initiatives to start the 2005 spring semester.

Roofs were replaced on two modular school rooms at Mary Reid School in Potts Camp over the Christmas break.

The board rescheduled the February 8 meeting to Feb. 15 so members can attend the state convention in Jackson.

Randolph said academics is the top priority every day this semester. Principals and teachers are being reminded to stay abreast of the Mississippi Curriculum objectives and to prepare lesson plans to teach the benchmark skills and framework with a mix of sample test questions on content covered, he said. (The sample test questions are not taken from state curriculum or other secure test instruments.)

He said the emphasis is to “try to rekindle the fire” for learning. Lesson plans will be monitored to see if they align with academic objectives on a weekly basis.

Two individuals made brief remarks during the time allotted for public comment. One parent from Ashland, who works in Holly Springs, asked that her daughter be allowed to attend kindergarten at Potts Camp so she can go to grandparents or an aunt’s after school. The board took the request under advisement.

Pastor Keith Penilton of Mt. Zion MB Church in Cayce requested the board reschedule H.W. Byers’ graduation ceremony to Sunday afternoon, so that church services would not be interfered with.

Randolph said last year the ceremony was held at 9 a.m. so that the folding chairs would be stacked and ready to return to the rental company.The school district shared the rental cost with other districts. This year the county school district will reserve the chairs for the afternoon, he said.

Trustees approved the purchase of four new school buses and one bus for special education students at Randolph’s request.

He added that money should be set aside each year for the purchase of new buses to replace aging ones so the district does not get into a financial squeeze by postponing retirement of old buses.

The board closed the open meeting for executive session to discuss personnel, students and job performance.

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