By Daniel Brunty
The Winston County Journal
The Louisville Municipal School District Board of Trustees held their annual recognition of Parent of the Year and District Parent of the Year awards during their monthly meeting held on May 14.
The awards were originally scheduled to be given to the parents at last month’s meeting, but due to an error were done on this night. Dr. Nola Bryant led the presentation of the awards.
Bryant explained how each parent was chosen by their individual schools. She explained how these parents supported not only their children but the school district as a whole. “They have been busy at their schools, and have given up their time and made an effort to make sure that they did their part to help their school,” Bryant said.
The recipients of the 2013 Parent of the Year Awards were Melanie Yates (Fair Elementary), Sharon Dooley (Louisville Elementary), Annie Pearl Hudson (Louisville High), Rita Eichelberger (Eiland Middle), Julie Chase (Nanih Waiya), and Linda Kugle (Noxapater Attendance).
Next, Bryant introduced the award for the District Parent of the Year. This award is chosen by the Louisville School District by points in certain criteria. Receiving this illustrious award was Annie Pearl Hudson.
Members of the board thanked the parents for their service to their respective school, as well as the district.
In other news, the board:
- Approved the consolidated Federal Programs Application for the 2013-2014 school year for Title I in the amount $920,895.00 and Title II in the amount of $216,555.00.
- Approved AmeriCorps Reads Program for the 2013-2014 school year.
- Approved professional Development Plan for the 2013-2014 school year.
- Approved lowest/best bids submitted for materials and supplies to operate the school for the 2013-2014 school year.
- Approved staff to be employed in the Summer Feeding Program for the summer of 2013 with the salary rate being $14.00 per hour for managers and $11.00 per hour for workers.
- Approved vendors as lowest/best bids for School Food Service for the 2013-2014 school year.
- Approved student transfer from Louisville School District to Neshoba School District for the 2013-2014 school year.
- Approved staff to be employed in the Extended School Year beginning June 1 through July 31, 2013 for the Special Education Dept. with the salary rate being the hourly rate during the regular school year.
- Approved amended Special Ed. IDEA Part B in the amount of $366,471.90 for FY10 and $674,892.00 for FY11, and Preschool Part C in the amount of $24,347.00 for FY11.
- Approved student and personnel handbooks for the 2013-2014 school year.
- Approved to cancel a .2 acre residential lease on Dwight Blount 16-13-11. Lessee is deceased and no one lives on lease.
- Approved to assign Mrs. Allene Pilgrim’s farm residential lease to her daughter, Ann Holdiness 16-13-12.
- Approved a new 3.5 acre recreational lease on Mr. Lawrence Daily. His current residential lease will expire this month 16-14-12.
- Approved to cancel a 1.5 acre residential lease on Mr. Charlie Estes, who is deceased and approve a new 1.5 acre other lease to Mrs. Earline Saulter. Mrs. Saulter is Mr. Estes’ sister 16-14-12.
- Agreed to reduce the acre on the Center Ridge Church lease 16-14-12 from 4.5 to approximately 2.5 acres. The wooded acres will be taken out of this lease. This will require a survey and appraisal.
- Approved the highest timber bid for a 29 acre clear cut on 16-13-10 and an 18 acre thinning on 16-16-12.
- Approved to amend agenda to include timber bids.
- Opposed motion to table discussion regarding William McCully of the Winston Web News to be hired for handling the district schools’ and administration’s websites after a review of the budget. Approved a motion to allow William McCully to handle the district schools’ and administration’s websites for a period of three months. After the three month period, his work would be evaluated by administration officials and the public.
The board also met for an executive session in which they approved previously discussed pay scales that will go into effect within every school in the district for all positions. They also approved a pay scale for the district bus drivers, which will increase a number of those salaries. The board also approved all supplements such as athletics in regards to regular salaries within the school district.
In a special called meeting on Thursday, May 16, the Louisville Board of Trustees approved paying for the emergency testing of 12 students in the district for the subject area end-of-course assessment (SATP2) test. Seniors who have completed all graduation requirements with the exception of passing only one subject area end-of-course assessment (SATP2) are now eligible for emergency testing his year.
Dr. Lynn House, interim State superintendent of education, “In an ongoing effort to provide our seniors with every opportunity to pass all required subject area tests before graduation, this new condition of eligibility has been added for the emergency testing of seniors.”
The emergency testing approved by the LMSD Trustees would cost about $3,000 for the test and for transportation cost to Mississippi State for the testing.
Students are expected to receive their scores within 48 hours of taking the test, and the results will be sent directly to the school district test coordinators. If the student receives a passing score, and if all other state and district requirements for graduation have been met, the student will be qualified to participate in commencement exercises.
Subject area tests are administered to students as part of the requirements for the federal No Child Left Behind Act and the State Accountability Model. Since the 2001-2002 school year, students have been required to pass the subject area tests for graduation and are not allowed to participate in commencement exercises unless all tests have been passed.
During the discussions about the emergency testing, LMSD Administrator to the Superintendent Dr. Nola Bryant noted that most of the students had 6 opportunities to pass the test and several of the students had taken the test in early May but those results would not be back until June. The emergency testing would provide an opportunity to participate in commencement if passed on Monday, May 20.
“We need to give every student an opportunity to walk (participate in graduation ceremonies),” said Board President Cathy Edwards.
According to Bryant, those seeking the emergency testing some lacked as few as 1 point while others lacked as many as 19 to pass the test in the past.
The Louisville Municipal School District Board of Trustees will have their next scheduled meeting on June 11, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.