By Daniel Brunty
Winston County Journal
The Louisville Municipal School Board recognized this year’s Valedictorians and Salutatorians district-wide during their monthly meeting held on May 13 at the LMSD building.
The meeting began with approvals of both the agenda for the meeting and the consent agenda. Next, the board was given their financial report, which included a review of computer and Prometheus boards purchase at Eiland Middle School, a firewall for the district, computers for Louisville Elementary School, LHS ac unit, and wireless access points.
“We are spending a lot of money and preparation for Park Assessments,” Superintendent Ken McMullan said. “The computers, the Chromebooks, that is what it is all going towards.”
After a brief discussion regarding finance, a motion was made to approve the claims docket, as well as the 2014Activity Agency funds. The board approved the motion unanimously.
The next discussion was in regards to bank balances, which were approved unanimously. They also approved transferring of funds from 16th section to funding of district maintenance at Eiland Middle School for $455,246.
The next item on the agenda was to advertise for the ad valorem tax request, which is done yearly. This board approved this motion unanimously as well. There was a motion to set the budget hearing for June 12 that followed this. The motion passed unanimously.
The next portion of the meeting was to recognize the Valedictorians and Salutatorians from the district schools. Superintendent McMullan preceded to announce and recognize these special students.
To recognize the students, plaques were presented to all the Valedictorians and Salutatorians for their hard work and dedication. McMullan introduced LHS Principal Kyle Hammond to present plaques to his honorees.
Hammond introduced the Valedictorian first, Jordan Murray. Murray stated he planned to attend Ole Miss in the fall. Next, Hammond introduced Salutatorian Dalton Hudspeth to the audience. Hudspeth stated he planned to attend Itawamba Community College in the fall to play baseball and major in Chemical Engineering. Hudspeth also received the STAR Student award during his senior year.
McMullan then introduced Nanih Waiya Principal David Luke. Luke’s first introduction was for Valedictorian Ashley Luke, who is also a STAR Student. Her plans are to become a schoolteacher. Luke then introduced Salutatorian Madison Holdiness, who is planning on becoming a nurse.
The next school to present their honorees was Noxapater Attendance Center. Noxapater Principal Thomas Brooks introduced Valedictorian Emily Mills, who plans to attend MSU to study Biological Science. Next was Salutatorian Destiny Mills, who is also a STAR Student. She plans on attending Ole Miss.
After the honoree presentation, the board heard an update report from The Family Learning Center by Ada Woodward and Rochelle Jordan. Woodward, who has been with the center for a year now, says that the Family Center’s goal for the year to bring about change that would have a positive impact on the families they serve each day.
Some of the initiatives and changes that the Family Center is embracing are a change in operating hours, purchase of educational resources that are common-core related, more workshops, an Active Parent website, testing and graduation options, and a health fair.
Woodward informed the board that the Family Center had 1,324 people used the center for various reasons. Woodward then ended her presentation.
In other news, the board:
Approved minutes from April 8 regular meeting
Approved removal from fixed assets inventory
Approved the transfer of $455,246.00 from 16th section interest to district maintenance for renovations to Eiland Middle School gymnasium
Approved item donations to Eiland Middle School from ACCC
Approved reimbursement check in the amount of $45.94 to Louisville High School Student Council from Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Approved donation in the amount of $200.00 to Louisville High School from Brushford MB Church to be used for student expenses related to the tornado on April 28, 2014
Approved donation in the amount of $175.00 to Louisville High School from Rochelle Rogers for the Sally Murray Scholarship Award
Approved bus turn around for Kevin Carter at 1821 Yarbrough-Carter Rd., Louisville, MS
Approved Claims Docket #312749 through #313030 and the April 2014 Activity/Agency fund checks
Approved the April 2014 bank balances and financial reports
Approved to advertise for the Ad Valorem Tax Request notice in the local newspaper
Approved the Budget Hearing for June 12, 2014
Approved the AmeriCorps Reads Program for the 2014-2015 school year
Approved vendors as lowest, or/best bids for school food service for 2014-2015 school year
Approved staff to be employed in the summer feeding program for the summer of 2014 with the salary rate being $14.00 per hour for managers and $11.00 per hour for workers
Approved bids on transportation, operation & maintenance, and maintenance for the 2014-2015 school year
Took no action on student requests to transfer from Kemper County School District to the Nanih Waiya Attendance Center
Approved student transfers from Louisville Municipal School District to the Neshoba County School District
Approved to advertise for a hunting lease on a 640 acre tract in 16-15-14 and a 17 acre tract in 16-15-13 (Brooksville Rd.)
Approved to assign a .5 acre residential lease to Malcolm Hailey to Robert W. Hailey on 16-13-14 (Kirk’s Store)
Approved a new 1.5 acre residential lease for Tiney Loving on 16-14-12
Approved a road easement of .2 miles for Thomas E. Coleman on 16-13-12 (Noxapater)
Approved a new 1 acre residential lease for Jerry Lee on 16-14-12 (Center Ridge)
Approved a staging area for dump trucks hauling debris from the tornado for the City of Louisville on 16-15-12 located next to the landfill
Approved to advertise for an emergency salvage timber sale on 16-14-12 (Center Ridge)
Approved Board Policy ID Instructional Management Plan
Discussed policies BBAA and BDC for revision at the June board meeting
Approved staff to be employed in the Extended School Year beginning June 1, 2014, through June 30, 2014 for the Special Education Department with the salary rate being the hourly rate during the regular school year
Approved the pay scales for teachers, clerical, assistant teachers, maintenance, custodians, bus drivers and cafeteria workers and managers, for the 2014-2015 school year
Approved coaching supplement amounts for the 2014-2015 school year
Approved the Institute for Education and Workforce Development/MSNISL to help with the process of developing a Strategic Plan for the district
Approved classified staff for re-employment for the 2014-2015 school year
Approved staff resignations at the end of their contract
Approved staff recommendations for the 2014-2015 school year
Approved Mary Nell Woolery as part-time assistant principal at Louisville High School with a 200 day contract and a supplement of $2,500.00, her total salary will be $43,850.00
Approved Hilute Hudson at Athletic Director at Louisville High School with a supplement of $10,000.00
Approved Chet Wilkes as Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Noxapater Attendance Center with no change in his salary of $61,085.00
Approved Shannon Smith as Assistant Principal at Eiland Middle School with a 240 day contract
Approved Casey Orr as Head Football Coach at Noxapater Attendance Center
Approved Tan Houston to a 240 day contract with her salary changing from $48,506.00 to $60,000.00 and she will be the Assistant Principal at Fair Elementary School
Approved Paulette Daily of a 240 day contract with her salary changing from $50,868.00 to $60,000.00
The next LMSD meeting was June 10.