Statute gives Lamar Co. “bots” permanent recognition

By STAFF REPORTS,

Twenty-one Lamar County elementary school students will have their names permanently recorded in Mississippi statutes after state Sen. Brad Touchstone gave them copies of a House Resolution in their honor Monday night.

Touchstone sponsored H.R. 91 in the last legislative session to praise the robotics teams that won awards in the VEX/IQ Mississippi Robotics Championship, which was held at Southern Miss. Touchstone read the resolution to the audience at the Lamar County School District’s Board of Education meeting at the Purvis High School library.

The teams that were listed in the resolution were:

• The Twinbots – fourth-graders Jacob and Katie Roark. They won first place in the Teamworks Champions and Skills, the only dual winners in the competition.

• The BEARbots – third-graders Anna Boudreaux, Jaeli Harris, Ruthie Hutchinson and Rachel Woods, who won the Design award.

• The Scholar Bots – third-graders John Flock, Devin Madden and Kane McCormick, who were the Teamwork Champions.

• The Astro Bots – third-graders Kaden Blair and Griffin Beason, who won second place for Teamwork.

• The Bro Bots – James and Jacob Riles, who won second place for Skills.

• The AquaBots – Madelyn Courtney, Mica Shemper and Elliot Walsh, who won the Excellence award.

• The Chili Bots – August Shivers, Parker Creel, William Johnson, Madeline Seal and Faith Guy, who qualified for the World Championship.

The School Board also created the position of the Director of Accountability and Research, hiring Steven Hampton to take that job.

“With the plethora of data accessible to the district, it is necessary for us to have someone who can extract, analyze and interpret a variety of data and present the information to administrators and teachers in a comprehensible manner,” Superintendent Tess Smith said. “This will allow us to use this information for decision-making processes when it comes to programs, instructional practices, and professional development. Dr. Hampton is currently with Petal School District and serves a similar function for them.”

In other action, the School Board:

•          Approved General Agenda.

•          Approved March 8 Minutes.

•          Approved Monthly Financial Report for February.

•          Approved Site for New Maintenance Shop and Barn. The new shop will be across Hwy. 11 from Purvis High School. The frontage will remain open, so it will be at the rear of the property. It will be a basic metal building, Superintendent Tess Smith said.

•          Approved Change to Policy CE - School Superintendents.

•          Approved New Policy CEA - Superintendent Qualifications.

•          Approved Policy GADAC - Suicide Prevention Education In-Service Training.

•          Introduced Change to Policy IEC - Class Size

•          Introduced Change to Policy JDDA-P - Bullying Procedures

•          Introduced Policy JDDA - Bullying for review with no change.

•          Introduced Change to Policy JCAA - Due Process

•          Introduced Change to Policy EBH - School Facility Rental

•          Introduced 2018-19 Parent/Student Handbook and Code of Ethics

•          2017-18 Salary Scale Change.

•          Approved Assignment of Marsha Mardis Owens lease at 128 Mardis Sawmill Road to James and Betty Anderson.

•          Approved New Lease for Paul Beasley at 530 Brown St.

•          Approved New Lease to Lamar County Board of Supervisors for 6 acres on Jude Yawn Road.

•          Approved New Recreational Lease to the City of Purvis for a park on 4.7 acres on U.S. Hwy. 11.

•          Denied placing 10-by-22 Billboard at Corner of Hegwood and Lincoln Road on Mun Lian's Lease.

 

•          The board made the following actions for these schools:

Baxterville School

•          Resigned - Heather Ford as Tutor at Baxterville effective March 27.

•          Transferred - Jeffrey Rayborn as Volunteer Paraprofessional at Baxterville to Paid Paraprofessional Archery Coach at Baxterville retroactive to Feb. 16.

•          For Child Nutrition, Walk-in freezer modification Baxterville at a cost of $7,750 from Grover Equipment. To be paid from Child Nutrition funds. Alternate quote H & R Supply $16,695

•          Two Champo L Screens, 4-Batting Tees, 2-Base dig out tools, 24 12-inch Wiffle balls yellow, 2-Power nets valued at $498 from Baxterville Athletic Association. To be used at fastpitch practice.

Lamar County Center for Technical Education

•          Approved Local Plan Updates for FY 2019.

 

Longleaf Elementary School

•          Resigned - Calandra Gibson and Lisa Summitt as Assistant Teachers effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Recommended – Adam Stone, Logan Stone and Alice Bynum as Part-time Summer Workers effective May 29.

•          Recommended – Daphne Corman as Cafeteria Employee replacing Babylyn Sambalilo retroactive to March 19.

•          Received permission to use Balfour Publishing Co. and C- Studio Photography as vendors for the 2018-2019 school year.

Oak Grove High School

•          Recommended – Herman Sumrall and Leonard Walters as Substitute Bus Drivers retroactive to March 29.

•          Resigned - Anthony Myers at Teacher/Coach effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Retired - Cynthia Anglin as Teacher effective 2017-18 school year.

•          Resigned - Joy Davis as Part-time Teacher/Yearbook Advisor and Richard Kline as Teacher, both effective 2017-18 school year.

•          Recommended – Cannie McLemore as Sped Teacher at OGHS replacing Debra Baird effective July 1.

•          Transferred - Jonathan Bolling as Volunteer Paraprofessional to Show Choir Band Director effective Jan. 24.

•          Received $4,455 cash donation from OGHS Drama Boosters for hotel rooms for MTA; $1,000 cash donation from Circle K for Band expenses; $500 cash donation from Leah and Eddie Walker for Archery; $500 cash donation from Southern Tire Mart for Archery; $500 cash donation from Ben Calhoun State Farm for Archery; $5,000 cash donation from Lamar County Board of Supervisors for Lamar County Basketball Tournament expenses; $871.50 cash donation from OG Athletic Booster Club for purchase of dance state championship rings; $1,480 cash donation from South MS Advertising for golf bags; $3,435 cash donation from OG Athletic Booster Club to buy ice machine for football field house; and $1,518 cash donation from OG Athletic Booster Club to help purchase Cheer state championship rings.

•          Temple Baptist Church requests permission to use the practice field on July 1 for annual fireworks display.

Oak Grove Lower Elementary

•          Recommended – Jennifer Hawkins as Cafeteria Employee replacing Sandra Stewart retroactive to March 19.

•          Retired - Rita Jones as Teacher effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Resigned - Jaica Thomas as Sped Teacher and Alayne Burge and Carley Carter as Teachers, all effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Approved United Way Summer Tutoring - Read to Succeed Program.

Oak Grove Middle School

•          Resigned - Regan Hatten, Jessica McCool, Randi Rogers, Justin Windham and Erica Van Schaik as Teachers effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Resigned - Cheryl Twiner as Sped Teacher effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Received $4,000 cash donation from Lowe's Toolbox for Education to create an outdoor classroom for choir students and five ASUS Chromebooks valued at $1,510 from Donors Choose for SPED language classroom.

Oak Grove Primary School

•          Recommended – Coben Bates and Oakley Camille as Part-time Summer Workers effective May 29.

•          Resigned - Misty Elmore as Teacher effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Received 30 Lenovo Touchscreen Chromebooks w/licenses at a cost of $8,264.70 from CDW-G. To be paid from Title I funds. Alternate quote Howard Technology $8,670.

•          Approved holding ServSafe Class through PRCC.

Oak Grove Upper Elementary

•          Resigned - Miriam Mitchell as Attendance Clerk effective March 29.

•          Resigned - Geoffrey Taylor as Assistant Teacher effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Transferred - Georganna Saul as Sped Assistant Teacher to Regular Ed Assistant Teacher replacing Geoffrey Taylor effective July 1.

•          Transferred - Tammy Evans as Part-time Tutor to Administrative Assistant replacing Traci Cain effective March 29.

•          Transferred - Jaime Beasley as Administrative Assistant to District Long-term Substitute effective Aug. 1.

•          Resigned - Katie Myers as Sped Teacher, Jackie Godbold as Teacher and Bethany Parker as Teacher effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Transferred - Crystal Swilley as Sped Teacher to Sped Teacher at Oak Grove Middle School replacing Cheryl Twiner effective July 1.

•          Recommended – Alicia Kim Patton as Sped Teacher replacing Rhonda Emmons effective July 1.

•          Recommended – Lindsay Shepherd as Teacher replacing Kim Abel effective July 1.

•          Recommended – Hannah White as Teacher replacing Julie Dudley effective July 1.

•          Recommended – Jada Miller as Sped Teacher replacing Katie Myers effective July 1.

 

Purvis High School

•          Resigned - Craig Cluff and Alexander Davis as Teachers/Coaches effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Retired - Harold Farlow as Coach/Athletic Director effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Resigned - Perry Wheat as Head Football Coach effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Resigned - Mady McNemar as Choral Director effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Recommended – Mady McNemar as Show Choir Band Director effective for the 2017-18 school year.

•          2018-2019 Certified Recommendations B. Purchases

•          Received Ceiling Grid/Tile at a cost of $10,309.50 from Sherwin Williams. To be paid from District Funds. Alternate quote Interior/Exterior $10,750.56.

•          Received 24 2-by-2 and 134 2-by-4 LED fixtures at a cost of $8,780 from Gilkey Electric. To be paid from District Funds. Alternate quote Robinson Electric $10,192.

•          Received permission to use CStudio, Herff Jones, Jostens, and Varsity Brand, Inc. as vendors for the 2018-2019 school year.

Purvis Lower Elementary

•          Retired - Tanzy Miller as Assistant Teacher effective May 31.

Purvis Middle School

•          Transferred - Dawn Higdon as Bookkeeper to Financial Assistant - District Business Office replacing Jennifer Eaton effective April 10.

•          Transferred - Joelle Bunnell as District Long-term Substitute to Sped Teacher replacing Gunnar Stewart retroactive to March 21.

•          Resigned - Stephanie Davis, Melissa Knight and Bernard Swinson as Teachers effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Recommended – Amanda Owen, Paul Macias, Phyllis Debrow, Myrtis Reid, Julie Ryals, Melinda Bolin, Donna Sumrall, Shauna Hedgepeth, Cononiah Watson, Ashley Witt and Amy Bowering as After-school Tutors effective April 11.

Purvis Upper Elementary

•          Resigned - Jennifer Graves as Teacher effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Received $6,059 cash donation from Purvis Upper PTO to purchase Chromebooks.

Sumrall Elementary School

•          Resigned - Angela Fillingane as Cafeteria Employee effective April 4.

•          Recommended – Paula Baxter, Melissa Faler and Daphne Nelson as Part-time Summer School Title I Tutors effective June 5.

•          Received eight Activ Panel G-Series at a cost of $16,000 from AXI Education Solutions. To be paid from school activity funds. Alternate quote Howard Technologies $21,008.

•          Received eight ASUS Chromebooks valued at $2,500 from Howard Industries. To be used in third-grade classrooms.

•          Received permission to use Jostens and C-Studio as vendors for 2018-19 school year.

•          Received permission to hold a summer tutoring program June 5-21.

Sumrall High School

•          Received $500 cash donation from Anonymous for Beta students to go to National Convention in Savannah, Georgia.

Sumrall Middle School

•          Received permission to use Varsity Cheer, UCA/UDA, Fierce Cheer, Balfour, CStudio, Josten, Gail McInnis Productions, Mega Dough and Dance Fantasy as vendors for 2018-2019 school year.

Lamar County School District

•          Recommended –  Steven Hampton as Director of Accountability and Research (new position) effective July 1.

•          Transferred - Jennifer Eaton as Business Office Clerk to Human Resource Payroll Clerk (new position approved November 2016) effective April 10.

•          Recommended – Stephanie Richardson as Substitute Nurse effective April 10, Kathy Holland as Cafeteria Substitute retroactive to March 19, Georgia Pearson as Cafeteria Substitute retroactive to March 19, Annette Chisholm as Cafeteria Substitute retroactive to March 21, Mary Beach as Cafeteria Substitute retroactive to March 21 and Walter Harry as District Grounds Maintenance replacing Marcus Esters retroactive to March 22.

•          Retired - Jeff Vanderheiden as District Residency Specialist effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          Resigned - Sarah Anderson as District Speech Language Clinician effective end of 2017-18 school year.

•          For Child Nutrition, Reach-in refrigerator at a cost of $5,320 from Grover Equipment. To be paid from Child Nutrition funds. Alternate quote H & R Supply $5,369.25.

•          For Child Nutrition, Refrigeration system S.E. at a cost of $3,820.08 from Baker Dist. To be paid from Child Nutrition funds. Alternate quote Grover Equipment $4,200.

•          For District Maintenance, 1,000 LED Bulbs at a cost of $5,600 from Gilkey Electric. To be paid from district funds. Alternate quote Chancellor $6,150.

•          For Child Nutrition, Delfield Serving Line at OGP at a cost of $49,825 from Grover Equipment. To be paid from Child Nutrition funds. Alternate quote H & R Supply $49,583.

•          For District, SAM Spectra Online Registration Software at a cost of $23,869.50 from Central Access Corp. To be paid from Technology funds. Alternate quote Powerschool/Infosnap $32,609.76.

•          Jefferson Todd Alternative received permission to hold Summer School for Middle School students June 4-15.

The next meeting for the Lamar County School District Board of Trustees will be Monday, May 14, at the Oak Grove Middle School Library beginning at 6 p.m.

 

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