Supervisors learn about Excel By 5, discuss business

From staff reports

The Winston County Board of Supervisors were encouraged to play a role in the Winston County Partners for Community Living in order to help push forward the Excel By 5 program.

Excel By 5 is a designated to boost crucial early-childhood learning in a community.

“This program is community-driven, not a city or county government thing, or just schools,” said Rosie Harris who’s helping to support the program in the community.

Community representatives hope to get the schools, early childhood and day care service providers, libraries, parks and recreation, faith-based institutions and groups, and the health care and business sectors along with government officials involved in the process.

A collaborative model based in Mississippi, Excel By 5 sets forth standards involving parent training, community involvement, child care and health — all designed to support young children from birth to age 5 and their families.

“You’ve got to grab children intellectually at a young age, to help set a successful pattern for all future learning,” noted Harris.

Launched in South Mississippi in the fall of 2004, the first-of-its- kind Excel By 5 certification program is designed to encourage and assist communities in active support of young children and their families. Excel By 5 emphasizes the vital roles parents and primary care givers play.

Originally funded by Chevron and the Phil Hardin Foundation, Excel By 5 was developed by groups ranging from the Early Childhood Institute of Mississippi State University and the Barksdale Reading Institute at the University of Mississippi, to Head Start and the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service. For more information on Excel By 5, go online at

After Harris and Larry Veazey described the goals of the program, they invited the supervisors to support the program by having one or more of the supervisors attend the next Winston County Partners for Community Living meeting. The board members noted they supported the idea and would try to have at least one member attend the next WCPCL meeting.

In other business, the supervisors: • Approved 16 Section Leases for several churches, cemeteries and other properties after discussion of the rates charged in the leases. • Discussed E911 interlocal agreement with EMA Director Buddy King. King noted he would help reestablish the E911 advisory board and make it more active. • Accepted petitions for election commissioner for the Nov. 6 ballot which included: Shawn Butts of District 1, Dell Gillett of District 2, Dean Miller of District 3, Mattie Cooper of District 4 and Mary Reed of District 5. All are unopposed in the election. • Took bids under advisement for dump truck and backhoe. • Discussed HOME Program workshop. • Discussed several road projects. • Approved invoices for the completion of the Home program. • Made a new hire at the correctional facility after receiving two resignations from the facility. • Discussed department head budgets being due that day. • Discussed applying for Help America Vote Act funds to improve some ADA items in the county. • Re-enforced the importance of all persons using the electronic time clock in the courthouse.

The next regular meeting of the supervisors is August 6.