Board approves school district 2012-13 budget

From Staff Reports

The Webster County School Board approved a new budget, adopted a sex education policy, and handled personnel matters and other business at previous meetings.

No action was taken June 12 after the board voted to go into executive session to discuss teacher units, records show. Afterwards, the board approved the Mississippi Adequate Education Program 2012-13 teacher pay scale as recommended by Superintendent of Education Jack Treloar.

The board did vote to set the superintendent’s salary, which will remain as is.

These items were approved or accepted as a part of the Consent Agenda on June 12: * changing the maximum number of merits per sport from 15 to 25 at Eupora High School. * the addition of a bus route in the Mantee area beginning in the 2012-13 school year. * Sisters Photography for school pictures at EHS for 2012-13. * the resignation of Terri Hill, bus driver, effective May 24. * the resignation of Joey Tompkins, teacher/coach at EHS, effective June 8. * Lyn Blaylock as a teacher/high school cheer coach at EHS beginning Aug. 1. * Chad White as a teacher at EHS beginning Aug. 1. White served as principal at Eupora High during the 2009-10 school year. * Shon Bingham as maintenance employee at Eupora Elementary School beginning June 20. * the transfer of Judy Skinner to cafeteria worker at East Webster Elementary School cafeteria beginning Aug. 1. * Patti Ramage as part-time cafeteria worker at EHS cafeteria beginning Aug. 1. * Rosemary Crumble as a part-time cafeteria employee at EHS beginning Aug. 1. * Patricia Hardin as assistant cafeteria manager at EES cafeteria beginning Aug. 1. * Deidre Lott as a substitute cafeteria worker for 2012-13. * the rehiring of Ann Flake as a teacher at EWES for 2012-12. * the resignation of Tera Embry, teacher, EES, effective June 30.

* the secretary pay scale, maintenance/bus shop pay scale and coaching supplement scale. In a separate item, Treloar requested approval of a check to pay invoices from Bailey Architects. The minutes state that, after some discussion, the board did vote to approve a check to pay an invoice for $12,128.

JUNE 21 School Board members had a special meeting on June 21, during which they approved salaries and pro-rated salaries for administrators, department heads and classified staff for the 2012-13 school year. Salary decisions had been tabled at the previous board meeting. Also approved were supplements/contract days for 2012-13, a cafeteria student lunch/adult breakfast price increase and rehiring of bus drivers.

JUNE 28 On June 28, Sandra Dewberry discussed the liability policy she had prepared for the school district for the 2012-13 school year. After some discussion, the minutes reflect, the board approved the liability insurance policy as presented and issued a check for the premium. Upon Treloar’s recommendation, the board adopted an “Abstinence-Only Sex Education Policy,” which had been tabled at the previous meeting.

In 2011, the Mississippi Legislature passed House Bill 999, which required school districts to adopt a sex education policy by June 30, 2012. The law mandated that school district adopt either an “abstinence-only” policy or an “abstinence-plus” policy.

The law also set forth other restrictions on the teaching of sex education in public schools, such as the separation of boys and girls during sex education and the requirement for parents to opt-in in order for their student to participate.

Another tabled item that was approved was each school’s student handbook for 2012-13. Business Manager Heidi Young presented the school district’s budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which was approved as presented. A budget hearing was held June 20; the fiscal year began July 1.

In a related matter, Young presented the district’s amended budget for 2011-12, which was also approved.

These items were approved or accepted as a part of the Consent Agenda on June 28: * the staff development report of the 2011-12 school year. * donations to the EHS softball team from the Lady Eagle Softball Booster Club and to the Eupora junior high cheerleaders from the EHS Cheerleader Boosters. * the resignation of Trae Embry, EHS teacher/coach, effective at the end of the 2011-12 contract year. He has been hired as the new softball coach at Neshoba Central in Philadelphia. * the addition of five days to the 2012-13 contracts of Gina Sanderson and Terri Walls. * Project Fit America as a single course. The non-profit agency provides above-ground outdoor fitness equipment and indoor mobile equipment. * a check for $1,454 to the Beau Rivage to cover lodging for the superintendent and business manager while attending the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents’ conference and another check for $2,239 to Panda Security to renew the district’s internet virus protection. * the rehiring of Alan Cooper, bus shop employee, for 2012-13. * Waymon Betts as a substitute bus driver for 2012-13.

In other business, the board approved the hiring of Brad Mitchell as a teacher/coach beginning Aug. 1 upon the recommendation of EHS Principal Laci Knight. Upon Treloar’s recommendation, the board approved the rehiring of Erin Ca rmichael, Lori Cook, Rachel Fulce, Chad Hawkins and Dawn Tabb as certified personnel for 2012-13. Upon the recommendation of East Webster High School Principal Bill Brand, the board approved the hiring of Maggie Hill as a teacher beginning Aug. 1.

The board, upon Treloar’s recommendation, approved Jimmy Carden for a 200-day contract for the 2012-13 school year. However, the board accepted Carden’s resignation when it met July 17, the superintendent’s office confirmed.

Keith Hudspeth (District 5) was absent June 28.