From Staff Reports
The Webster County School District board has approved partnership with a company to help students overcome learning problems through a program of physical exercises. Representatives from Dore made a presentation to the School Board on March 6 about its program of physical exercises that improve concentration, coordination, social skills, and the ability to read and write for students with special needs. After lengthy discussion, minutes of the meeting reflect, the board voted unanimously for the district to partner with Dore to offer these services through the county schools. Dore, according to its website, “invests in communities by working with local clients to liberate them from learning, attention and social skills difficulties, and to enhance athletic performance.” Dore, which has centers in Jackson and Dallas, says its program stimulates the cerebellum to work more effectively and address the symptoms of learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome. Other Business In other business March 6, a revision (update) to the policy concerning “Data Collection Policy and Procedures” was approved. The revision had been tabled from the previous meeting. The board approved a recommendation from Superintendent of Education Jack Treloar to accept bids for thinning timber on two 16th-Section tracts from Flora Logging. After the reading of bids and Treloar’s recommendation, the board accepted Regions Bank, CB&S and Bank of Kilmichael as county depositories for fiscal year 2012-13. Board members accepted the resignation of Kelly Westmoreland, East Webster Elementary School teacher, effective at the end of the school year. After Treloar presented a personnel action from Maintenance Director Kim Jones terminating maintenance worker Mike Medders, the board approved the recommendation. Consent Agenda These items were approved as a part of the March 6 consent agenda, according to the minutes: • approved advertising to take bids on Phase 1 construction of the new East Webster High School (see related article on Page 1A). • accepted donations from the Lady Eagle Softball Boosters Club to the Eupora High School softball team; Subway, Eupora Jewelry & Gifts, Sonic and Sisters Photography to the EHS annual staff; and the Eagle Baseball Boosters to the EHS baseball team. • approved Leslie Frank as a long-term substitute teacher at Eupora Elementary School. • approved Patsy Nations as a substitute teacher for the remainder of the school year. • approved a request for Career and Technology early childhood students Sara Mitchell (EHS) and Crystal Stevens (EWHS) to attend the national FCCLA meeting in Orlando, Fla., July 7-12. They won the state with a perfect score of 100. They will be accompanied by FCCLA adviser Janice Gardner. Scott Hollenhead (District 4) was absent.