By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal
The Louisville Municipal School District Board of Trustees held their election for board officers during their regularly monthly meeting on July 17 at 5:30 p.m.
The election of the board officially was originally set for their first meeting in March, however, they consented to be postponed until the first board meeting in July. The first nominations were for Chairman of the school board for the next year. A motion was made for Mr. Bobby Moody to continue as chairman for the next school year. The motion was seconded and approved by the board.
Following was the nomination of Vice-Chairman for the board. A motion was made for Mrs. Betty Byrd to serve as Vice-Chairman. The motion was seconded and passed by the board. The last position voted on was for Secretary of the board. A motion was made for Mrs. Cathy Edwards to serve as Secretary. This motion was also seconded and passed by the board.
The board also discussed an update on the 2012-2013 expired farm residential leases. At the present time, the board does not offer farm residential leases. During the 2012-2013 year, these leaseholders had the option to lease the land as residential, agricultural, or hunting. Most of the leases were switched to one or more of these three, except for three properties that leases expire this year. The board wants to renew the last three remaining leases the same as the ones done in 2012-2013 school year.
The Secretary of State’s Office had previously allowed the lease that came up for renewal during 2012-2013 to be set under the guidelines the trustees had applied. Since the year has passed, the board discussed its options for the three remaining leases to be renewed in the same manner at the 2012-2013 leases.
The board also approved a motion to increase student paid lunches from $2 to $2.25 and for teacher/faculty paid lunches from $3.25 to $3.50. The board unfortunately had to pass the motion due to the United States Department of Agriculture passing new regulations to make sure paid lunches are inline with the free lunch reimbursement and the paid reimbursement. With the school district receiving $2.79 in reimbursement for a free child and 28 cents for a paid child, the board decided to increase the prices to be in compliance with the new regulation, as well as avoiding increasing prices for the next two years.
In other news, the Board of Trustees: •Approved Personnel and Alternative Schools Handbooks (no changes were made). •Approved Compliance Testing LLC as the provider for drug testing students in extracurricular activities for the 2012-2013 school year. •Approved the School Food Service Policy and Procedures for the 2012-2013 school year. • Approved the Mississippi Forestry Commission work plan for FY2013 for timberland on sixteenth section in Winston County. • Approved lease regarding sixteenth section land, as well as approved to cancel residential leases due to late payments. • Discussed the possibility of a lower millage rate for residents with the requested budget $26,330,973 in expenses with projected revenues of $24,922,264.
The LMSD Board of Trustees next scheduled meeting is August 14 at 5:30 p.m