School board studies property

The Lamar County School Board decided to delay a decision on allowing a billboard on district-owned property at Tuesday night’s meeting in Purvis after one member said the board is becoming “a code enforcement office.”

The board unanimously denied a request for Westgate Cleaners to sublease 16th Section Lands property on U.S. Hwy. 98 for a Headrick Signs billboard during its Sept. 6, 2016, meeting. Headrick Signs asked board members Tuesday to allow it to put a billboard on more 16th Section Lands property.

Board President Buddy Morris wanted the companies that attended the meeting – Headrick Signs, Busby Companies and Lamar Advertising – to understand what is required before placing a billboard.

“The board just wanted to make sure – because there has been some confusion – and that is you do have to get approval from the board before you can erect a sign,” he said. “The only way we knew to make sure everybody knew that is to make sure everybody was here to hear those words.”

Board member Mike Pruitt said he did not have the ability to determine the guidelines of putting a billboard on 16th Section Lands.

“As a board member, this is putting us in a position of being a code enforcement office,” he said. “A code is going to be typically based on some sort of very specific and consistent parameters for exposure, height and all of this kind of stuff. I think we could become experts in that area, but at the moment I don’t have that expertise. I don’t know that I want it. I don’t know that this is good or not.”

Headrick Signs has received permit from Lamar County for the billboard. Pruitt said board members could talk to county officials about the permit.

“I don’t see a reason – except for my ignorance – to block this,” he said. “I would like to know more, but I am not inclined to say, ‘We need to be the judge.’”

The next meeting for the Lamar County School Board is at 6 p.m. June 12 at the district boardroom in Purvis.

In the consent agenda, Baxterville School had hirings of McKenzie Frazure and Johnathan Madden as Summer Workers effective May 23, the transfer of  Tonya Craft as Sped Teacher at Oak Grove Upper Elementary School to Sped Teacher at Baxterville (new position) effective for the 2017-18 school year. Baxterville also purchased 128 Chromebooks with licenses and seven carts at a cost of $27,927 from Howard Technology to be paid from OAE budget with special projects money. Alternate quote ITSavvy $28,585.87.

At Oak Grove High School, Chandler Hawkins, Bailey Nuckols and Tristan Young were hired as Summer Worker effective May 19. Jane Thomas transferred as Sped Teacher to Part Time Sped Teacher effective for the 2017-18 school year. Hirings included Kati Mayer as Sped Teacher replacing Heather Brinson, Cheryl Twiner as Sped Teacher replacing Nicole Neal and Tyler Turner as Sped Teacher replacing Jane Thomas, all effective for the 2017-18 school year.

Donations to Oak Grove High School included $790 cash from Oak Grove Athletic Booster Club to purchase baseballs, $444.15 cash from Oak Grove Band Boosters for bus trips for indoor percussion and a trailer and Can-Am ATV valued at $18,000 from Oak Grove Band Boosters to transport equipment.

Oak Grove Middle School announced the resignations of Mollie Betsch as Assistant Teacher, Savannah Evans as Math Teacher and Paige Stephens as English Teacher, all effective at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Hirings included Cassia Kennedy and Jill Solomon as Summer Intervention Program Title 1 Tutors effective June 6.

Transfers at Oak Grove Middle School included Hannah Mitchell as Sped Teacher at Sumrall Middle School to Sped Teacher at OGMS replacing Anita Fagan, Anna Pickett as Teacher at Sumrall Elementary School to Math Teacher at OGMS replacing Rhonda Higgason and Sandra McGee as Cafeteria Substitute at Lamar County School District to Cafeteria Worker at OGMS replacing Carlene Parente. Oak Grove Middle School also bought nine heat/air units for F building for $15,480 from Coburn's to be paid from district funds. Alternate quote Mingledorff's $17,097.68

Tammy Evans was hired as Title 1 Tutor in Summer Intervention Program at Oak Grove Upper Elementary School effective June 6. Transfers to Oak Grove Upper Elementary School included Bethany Parker as Teacher from Purvis Upper Elementary School to Teacher, Cindy Burge as SLP at Oak Grove High School to SLP replacing Nicole Register and Candace McDonald as Sped Teacher at Oak Grove Lower Elementary School to Sped Teacher replacing Tonya Craft, all effective for the 2017-18 school year.

Jacqueline Campbell was hired at Oak Grove Upper Elementary School as Summer Intervention Program Title 1 Tutor effective June 6, while Jessica Winkler was named Sped Inclusion/Resource Teacher replacing Leslie Smith effective for the 2017-18 school year. The school board rescinded the retirement of Cindy Creel as SLP from the April 10 agenda effective for the 2017-18 school year.

Oak Grove Upper Elementary School received a $558 cash donation from the PTO to purchase a TV monitor. School officials requested permission to destroy all records from 2012 and before. And to use C Studio as a vendor for the 2017-18 school year.

At Oak Grove Longleaf Elementary School, Pam Phillips was hired as Substitute Summer Intervention Title 1 Tutor effective June 6 and Ashley Smith resigned as Teacher, both effective at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Hope Dickerson was hired as Sped Teacher (new position) effective for the 2017-18 school year.

Longleaf Elementary bought 31 Asus C202SA Chromebooks with licenses and two 30-unit charging carts for $7,039.75 from Gov Connection to be paid from PTO donation. Alternate quote Howard Technologies $7,101.

At Oak Grove Lower Elementary School, Stoney Bourne was hired as Part Time Title 1 Summer Tutor effective June 6. Also hired were Rashad Arbuthnot and Jack Beckham as Summer Workers effective May 22, Brittney Ainsworth and Ashley Pfalzgraf as Teachers effective for the 2017-18 school year and Rouella Samson as Cafeteria Worker replacing Shandrelle Reese retroactive April 18.

Oak Grove Primary School announced the resignations of Tracy Randall as Assistant Teacher and Barbara Andrzejewski as Teacher, both effective at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Hired as Summer Title 1 Tutors effective June 6 were Angela Johnson, Patricia Komitsky, Heather Lyons, Jennifer Powell and Leslie Smith.

Kimberlyn Courtney Graham transferred to Oak Grove Primary from SLP at Oak Grove Upper Elementary School to SLP (new position) effective for the 2017-18 school year.

Kelley Brumfield was hired as K-1 Teacher replacing LaRisha Glover effective for the 2017-18 school year.

Oak Grove Primary School purchased the labor, materials and equipment for paving at a cost of $31,462.30 from Warren Paving (bid purchase) with cash from a PTO donation. The PTO also donated $1,618 cash from to be used for Art Grant Fund.

At Purvis High School, Cedric Fairley, Ramble Johnson and Matthew Ryals were hired as Summer Workers effective May 23. Michelle Wilson transferred as Sped Teacher at Purvis Middle School to Sped Teacher replacing Amy Gore effective for the 2017-18 school year.

The Purvis High School Library received books valued at $389.54 from First Book, books valued at $384.73 from Random House and books valued at $414.72 from Reader to Reader. The basketball program received a

$2,600 cash donation from Purvis Basketball Booster Club to buy a scorer's table.

Purvis Middle School announced the resignation of Valerie McKenzie as ICT1 Instructor effective at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Transfers to Purvis Middle School included Amanda Owen as Teacher to ICT 1 Teacher replacing Valerie McKenzie effective for the 2017-18 school year.

Purvis Middle School purchased a Canon Color 3525i copier at a cost of $97 per month for 48 months plus 85 per copy and .0436 cents per color copy maintenance fee from RJ Young (state contract No. 8200031426) to be paid from school budget and a Canon 6555i copier at a cost of $192 per month for 48 months plus 47 per click maintenance from RJ Young (state contract No. 8200031426) to be paid equally from Purvis Middle School and High School budgets.

Purvis Middle School also received a $400 cash donation from an anonymous donor to be used for National Beta Convention.

At Purvis Upper Elementary School, hirings included Kandi Webster as Sped Teacher replacing Eileen Robinett, Bailey Smith as Teacher replacing Kim Evans and Julie Hartfield as Teacher (updated license), all effective for the 2017-18 school year.

Purvis Lower Elementary School announced the transfers to the school of Brenda Madden from Learning Lab Assistant Teacher to Sped Assistant Teacher replacing Amanda Nelson, Keithann Carter from Sped Teacher to Pre-K Assistant Teacher (new position), Terry Red from Teacher in Learning Lab to Sped Teacher replacing Michelle Hatton, Viron Kersh from Sped Teacher at Oak Grove Upper Elementary School to Sped Teacher replacing Keithann Carter and Julie Richardson from School Counselor at Baxterville to School Counselor replacing Carolyn Pressley. All are effective for the 2017-18 school year. The school also requests permission to destroy bookkeeping and attendance records for the 2011-12 school year.

Lindsey Duck was hired as Teacher at Purvis Lower Elementary School (updated license) effective for the 2017-18 school year, while school officials request permission to use C Studio as a vendor for the 2017- 2018 school year

Calep Broome and Alyssa Faler were hired as Summer Worker at Sumrall High School effective May 23. While Patricia Griffin was hired as Teacher (updated license) effective for the 2017-18 school year. One hundred band uniforms and accessories were purchased by the school district at a cost of $44,760 from Stanbury. Alternate quote Midwest Band $48,343.50.

Jamie Ash was hired as Custodian at Sumrall Middle School replacing Bradley Carter retroactive April 18. Sumrall Middle School also received six JTouch boards with cables and one 75-inch TV at a cost of $19,181.26 from CDW-G. Alternate quote Howard $22,879. Also purchased were eight APs and hive managers at a cost of $5,664 from Howard. Alternate quote BCI $5,795.44. Both will be paid from the 3-mil note.

At Sumrall Elementary School, hired as Summer Title 1 Tutors effective June 6 were Donielle Faler, Daphne Nelson, Carrie McGrew and Debbie Berry, while summer workers who were hired effective May 23 were Lakelyn Bohannon, John Michael Faler, Cody Rainey and Russell Williamson.

Transfers to Sumrall Elementary School included Laurie Draper from Teacher to Computer Lab Assistant Teacher replacing Mary T. Stewart, Lindsey Sims from Teacher at Oak Grove Upper Elementary School to Teacher replacing Nancy Munn,

Amber Fortenberry from Teacher at Oak Grove Upper Elementary School to Teacher replacing Anna Pickett and Amy Eavenson from Long Term Substitute at the school district to Teacher for Sharon Cooley (University of MS Principal Corps Candidate); all are effective for the 2017-18 school year.

Matthew McCoy was hired as Sped Teacher at Sumrall Elementary School (updated license) and Holly Miller as Teacher replacing Amy Pittman, both effective for the 2017-18 school year.

School district bus driver activities include the retirement of Marjie Saucier at Oak Grove effective at the end of the 2016-17 school year and the resignation of Kerri Lofton as Bus Driver at Sumrall effective May 19. Mario Hoffmann was hired as Bus Mechanic at Oak Grove replacing Thomas Wimbley retroactive April 19 and Substitute Bus Drivers hired at Oak Grove effective May 10 included Briana Burkett, Ashley Travis and Judy Brown.

Phyllis Deats was hired as Cafeteria Substitute retroactive April 21 and Arielle Halbrook as Cafeteria Substitute effective May 10. Stacey Pace was hired as Part Time Psychometrist at LCSD and Patricia Curb was named Behavior Specialist (updated license), both effective for the 2017-18 school year.

A One-Year Educator License was requested for Veteran Teacher Jayme Anderson. Additional ESY Staff Recommendations were also approved.

For the school district, 2000 Lampholders and LED bulbs at a cost of $13,800 were purchased from Chancellor, Inc. to be paid from district funds. Alternate quote Coburn's $14,960.

Child Nutrition officials requested permission to refund the lunch account balance of $40 to the parents of student No. 001464024. Child Nutrition also requested permission to destroy old records for the 2011-12 school year.

The school board also:

•          Approved the 2017-18 Student/Parent Handbook and Code of Ethics

•          Introduced changes to Policy LEB - Relations With Parent, Policy JD - Student Discipline, Policy EDA - Student Transportation and Policy GADG - Professional Leave.

•          Approved Policy JBCD - Transfers and Withdrawals of Students and Policy JBCBA - Student Tuition with changes.

•          Approved Sped ESY Summer 2017 Budget

•          Approved General Agenda.

•          Approved April 10 Minutes.

•          Approved Monthly Financial Report for March.

•          Approved 2017-18 Board Meeting Schedule.

•          Approved Change to Policy ICHI - Literacy Based Promotion to meet legislative standards.

•          Approved Change to Policy JGFC – Dismissals.

•          Approved new 16th Section Lands lease for Kenneth Thronson at $275 a year.

•          Approved new 16th Section Lands lease for Sylvio Bezzara at $250 a year.

•          Approved the current 16th Section Lands lease rate on 1.5 acres to Lamar County Board of Supervisors.

•          Accepted the lone bid for the demolition of the Oldcastle property in Purvis for $7,550.

•          Approved new 16th Section Lands lease for Brenda Owen at $750 a year.

Went into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters and possible litigation.