Thursday, February 9, 2006
 

Letters to the Editor

Saluting the school board:
Dear Editor,

The Marshall County School District joins others across the state in saluting School Board Member Recognition Week in Mississippi, Feb. 12-18.

The week-long observance is to applaud the contributions of Mississippi’s 764 local school board members, including the members of the Marshall County Board of Trustees. School board members are responsible under Mississippi law for governing public education.

The work of board members is a daunting task as they set policy and approve budgets, curricula and various school programs. They also are responsible for seeing that school facilities are maintained and that districts adhere to state and federal mandates for schools. Legal concerns, the complexities of school finance, and other challenges often pull them away from their families and personal interests to spend numerous hours in board training and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.

We are deeply indebted to our school board members for their sincere commitment to quality education for the children in this community. the Marshall County School District is proud of our board members, who have given so generously of their time to make local control of public schools a reality in our community. Please join us in saying thanks to our school board members: Terry Rodgers, District 1; Harvey Garrison, District 2; Pat Woods, District 3; Queen Dean District 4; Barbara Pipkin, District 5.

Our entire community is involved to take time particularly during School Board Member Appreciation Week in Mississippi, Feb. 12-18, to let board members know we appreciate their efforts.

Don Randolph,
Superintendent,
Marshall County School District

Honoring school board:
Dear Editor:

Holly Springs School District will join others across the state in saluting school board members during School Board Member Recognition Week, Feb. 12-18.

The week-long observance is to applaud the contributions of Mississippi’s 764 local school board members, including the members of the Holly Springs Board of Trustees. School board members are responsible under Mississippi law for governing public education.

The work of board members is a daunting task as they set policy and approve budgets, curricula and various school programs. They also are responsible for seeing that school facilities are maintained and that districts adhere to state and federal mandates for school. Legal concerns, the complexities of school finance, and other challenges often pull them away from their families and personal interests to spend numerous hours in board training and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.

We are deeply indebted to our school board members for their sincere commitment to quality education for the children in this community. Holly Springs School District is proud of our board members, who have given so generously of their time to make local control of public schools a reality in our community. Please join us in saying thanks to our school board members: Martha Thomas, president; Michael Crittle, vice-president; Alonzo McClinton, member; Ray Von Autry, member; and Paul Lampley, member.

Our entire community is invited to take time particularly during School Board Member Recognition Week in Mississippi, Feb. 12-18, to let board members know that we appreciate their efforts.

For our children,
Cynthia A. Gentry, PhD., Superintendent,
Holly Springs School District

New superintendent:
Dear Editor,

I and approximately 20 parents and citizens attended a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Holly Springs Independent School District.

We were blessed with a motion of one of the trustees that the call for an executive session by the Chair, be delayed out of respect for the visitors. He suggested that the visitors be heard.

W.A. McMillan Sr. and Willie Jeffries made comments for the group. They stressed the need for total community support including the Board of Trustees.

Little thought should be given to the “poison-pen” letters. Such letters and negative comments often come with any new leader, especially when they move people to enrich the quality of the program. Emphasis was placed on the timing of a negative evaluation of the Superintendent who has been on the job for four months.

The Concerned Citizens Coalition prepared an evaluation instrument for the members of the Board of Trustees. The visitors and Board were asked to complete the instrument. Ten parents, three citizens, two staff and zero trustees completed the instrument. A tally will be done by Rust College and shared with the Board.

Much emphasis was placed on a positive mental attitude by the Trustees in support of the Superintendent they appointed. She has meet the five criteria of a leader (innovation, development, relating to people, trust, and doing the right thing). If given the support from all categories (trustees, parents, staff, teachers and citizens), we believe that our District will reach its goal of three and four levels in three years.

We can support by: 1. get updated books for all classes; 2. talk about the good things; 3. ignore rumors and dwell on the present and future rather than the past.

We are encouraged.

W.A McMillan Sr.
and Rev. Willie Jeffries


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