Limited tax note gets final OK

By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times

The Webster County School Board has given final approval to borrowing money to temporarily cover construction costs for the new East Webster High School.

Board members initially adopted a resolution for a limited tax note on Oct. 2 to establish a line of credit to cover construction costs until the Webster County School District receives reimbursement funds from FEMA, MEMA and insurance. The line of credit for a maximum of $1.775 million is being established to avoid cash flow problems and will be used only if necessary during construction.

District officials previously said reimbursements from the school district’s insurance company and from FEMA/MEMA should be enough to meet the needs for repayment. They also said additional tax millage to repay the bonds would be the last resort in meeting the repayment obligations.

Final approval of the resolution was delayed until after its publication as a public notice and to see if a petition would be filed requesting that an election be called on the question of incurring the indebtedness.

The board, on Nov. 6, gave final approval for borrowing the money and issuing the notes by unanimously adopting a limited tax note intermediate resolution, according to minutes of that meeting. The resolution states that no petition requesting an election was filed.

In a related matter Nov. 6, records show Business Manager Heidi Young presented an invoice from Gary Bailey Architects for design fee of existing equipment for the new EWHS, which the board previously denied to pay. The board again voted to deny payment of the invoice.

Also, Consent Agenda items that were approved included the issuance of a $43,500 manual check to Harrison Construction for construction work on the new field house at EHWS.

Student Transfers Superintendent of Education Jack Treloar presented letters from Diana Coste and Thomas Pilkington requesting Coste’s daughter, Mariah Coste, and Pilkington’s children, Katelyn and Tyler Pilkington, be allowed to attend school in Webster County because they were released from the Oktibbeha County School District.

Letters of release from the OCSD were attached to their requests. The board approved the students being allowed to attend the WCSD under provisions of district policy.

The state Board of Education pulled the Oktibbeha County district’s accreditation on Oct. 23 and it is now under state conservatorship. Mississippi’s public school accountability standards allow parents or guardians of children enrolled in a district that loses accreditation to file written petitions for legal transfers to accredited districts. State law allows the Commission on School Accreditation to grant the transfer.

Consent Agenda These additional items were approved or accepted as a part of the Nov. 6 Consent Agenda, minutes reflect:

• monetary donations from the Lady Eagle Softball Boosters to the Eupora High School softball team, from the EHS Cheerleader Boosters to the EHS cheerleaders and from the Hoopsters Association to the EHS basketball program. • the disposals of and removal from the inventory of various non- working items. • the requirement of a “Disposal of Fixed Asset Follow-up” form to be used as part of the fixed asset disposal procedure. • Jennifer Waller as a substitute teacher for the remainder of the school year. • the issuance of a $4,500 manual check to Mitchell Automotive for the purchase of a maintenance pickup at EWHS. • the issuance of a $285 manual check to Cynthia Hillhouse for reimbursement for the National Board Certification fee. • the usage of the gymnasium at the old Wood College campus, which is the temporary location of EWHS, by Hebron Christian School for a basketball tournament Jan. 30-Feb. 1 upon proof of liability insurance. • a new bus route from the WCSD to transport two students to the Millcreek day treatment facility in Starkville. The rate of pay is $41 a day with an estimate of 125 days with Shed Shaw as the driver. • Shaw as a part-time bus shop employee, to work no more than three hours a day. • the transfer of Diane Tomlinson and Rosemary Crumble from part-time to full-time EHS cafeteria workers beginning Nov. 7. • Tenille Gary and Rebecca Tulipan as substitute cafeteria workers for the remainder of the school year. • Tammy Locke transferring to EHS assistant cafeteria manager beginning Nov. 7. • granted permission for Treloar and board President Bobby McMullen to sign a deed on behalf of the school district for property being acquired adjacent to the Eupora Elementary School campus. • a fundraiser for the EWHS Beta Club.

Also, Assistant Principal Carol Berryhill introduced EWHS student Caleb Belk as the Webster County Board of Education Student of the Month.