Board approves health  grant

By NIKKI SMITH,

The Petal School District will see a change in school kitchen equipment thanks to an $18,000 matching grant as a part of Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Office of Child Nutrition’s “Health is Academic” initiative. 

The Petal Schools Board of Trustees voted to approve the grant at a regular meeting last week. 

The initiative was created to promote health and wellness in Mississippi public schools. 

The goal of Nutrition Integrity 2016 is to replace deep fat fryers in school kitchens with Combination Oven Steamers in order to make a substantial difference in the number of calories and fat eaten by students at school. 

In addition to that, the grant’s purpose is to promote and share information on the feasibility and cost of removing fryers and installing Combination Oven Steamers with other food service personnel in Mississippi schools; eliminate fried foods for a period of five years and provide healthier school meals, by reducing the amount of calories, fat, saturated fat and trans-fat served, to help students to become healthy, fit and ready to learn. 

In other action, the board:

Approved the minutes from October 2017 meeting;

Approved the test security plan for 2017-18;

Approved new policies;

Approved the claims docket;

Approved financial statements;

Approved the bank reconciliation for September 2017;

Approved fixed asset removal;

Approved sale of risers;

Approved elementary improvement plans for 2017-18;

Approved the resignations of: Jillian Hallstrom, Petal Primary School, part time teacher assistant; Alicia Patton, Petal Primary School, sped teacher; Jennifer Pellegrin, Petal Primary School, teacher; Anna Powell, Athletic Department, Petal High School, head volleyball coach; Jonathan Mark McKinley, Maintenance, grounds worker; Justin Yawn, Police Department, police officer; Martha Miller, Transportation, bus aide; LaTisa Shanks, Transportation, bus driver; Jamie Vaughn, PEC, teacher; Sandra Lovett, Transportation, bus driver;

Approved change of status for: Denise Simmons, Petal Primary School, rescinding resignation due to change in circumstances; Tanner Lott, Special Services, change from teacher assistant at Petal Upper Elementary School;

Approved recommendations for: Sarah Smith, Petal Primary School, part-time teacher assistant; Michael Worsham, Athletic Department, assistant girls soccer coach; Andrea DeMoore, Transportation, bus aide; Kayla Thompson, Transportation, bus driver; Brian Linton, PEC, teacher; Special Services Petal High School, teacher assistant;

Approved extra work contracts for Kotreece Bender, Transportation, bus driver for field trips and sporting events as needed throughout the school year;

Approved one certified substitute and one non-certified substitute and nine substitutes for Petal Education Center;

Approved 16th Section lease cancellation: George Moore and Joy Moore, Jan. 12, 2017; .46 acres; $289.80 annually;

Approved out of state student travel for Petal High School speech and debate to travel to George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, to competition Dec. 1-2, 2017;

Approved a revised contract between Terri Ford, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, aka TF Mobility and Petal School District for the 2017-18 school year.