School board meeting held at alternate location

By GAYNELL JACKSON
Staff Writer
The Itawamba County School Board held its second meeting of the month on Monday, April 20, 2009, in the Mantachie High School library. Headlining the meeting was recognition of three Mantachie student groups.
Teresa McNeece, superintendent of education, recognized the Mantachie High School Science Team who has done an outstanding job in competitions this year. In addition, she recognized Mantachie High School baseball for being division champs and continuing to advance in their division. A third group, the girls softball team, was recognized as being division champs. Board members joined her in commending these three groups of students.
In other business, the board went into executive session to deal with an IAHS discipline problem which had been brought before the discipline committee recently. Members approved the discipline committee’s recommendation.
Other issues dealt with included the following:
* Approved retirement requests from Mike Hill, Linda Wood and Malinda Swain, effective at the end of the school year.
* Approved sick leave for Lisa Kendrick from May 12 through the end of the school year.
* Approved deletions at Dorsey, Itawamba Vocational Center, Mantachie and the Central Office;
* Approved Kim Garrison, Anna Catherine Oswalt, Stephanie Wren, Cristy Roberts, Timothy Carroll and Carola Gray as substitutes.
* Approved Laurie Hum-phres’ request to donate five sick days to Cindy Barnes.
* Approved Nikki Weaver as an office aide at Tremont.
* Approved Cherree Brown, Mitzi Moore, Eddie Moore, Patti Thrash and Robert Blake to attend workshops. In addition, four additional people were approved to go to an autism conference.
* Approved 17 field trips.
* Approved two fund raisers, one for Mantachie boys basketball team to have a free throw clinic and IAC to wear blue jeans for Relay
* Tabled Mantachie Beta Club request to sell magazines.
* Approved paying MASS dues.
*xApproved totaling wrecked school bus for an insurance payment of $43,333.33 less a $1,000 deductible.
*xHeard from Michael Nanney concerning credit recovery possibilities. Nanney said the state department will have the virtual school ready for use by summer. There will be 500 slots available statewide.
“Certain criteria will have to be met before students will be eligible for credit recovery. For example, a minimum grade average is required in a particular course before a student will become eligible to take it,” Nanney said. “Possibly social studies, English and math will be offered.
“The virtual school will be a great asset since it will not require as many teachers because students can study multiple courses in the same classroom at their own rate,” Nanney said.
Board members asked Nanney to bring this information to them in writing next meeting for their approval.
* Approved requests to use IAC gym for a benefit singing and First Foundation fund raiser.
* Approved sending a letter decrying how food service stimulus funds are being spent. Of the $1.7 million being received, $1.3 million is being spent on combo ovens which the cafeterias do not need or want.
*xApproved Nanney’s offering summer school credits with students attending 4 hours per day to earn credit.
*xAccepted new laptop computers for use in conducting board matters.

Gaynell Jackson