School board approves policy revisions

From Staff Reports

 

The Webster County School Board approved three policy revisions at a previous meeting.

Approval came Sept. 9 after Superintendent of Education Jack Treloar presented the revisions, which had been tabled Sept. 3.

These are the policies as revised, according to minutes of the Sept. 9 meeting:

• Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit: High school students may participate in dual enrollment/dual according to current Mississippi Code, the current Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards, and proceedings as established by the state Department of Education, the boards of trustees of the community and junior college district, and the state College Board.

• Graduation Requirements: Entering ninth-graders in 2011-12 and thereafter will choose graduation requirements based on the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards.

Students must be enrolled in six classes that offer credit each day unless the student is enrolled at a community college or junior college meeting all requirements of the dual enrollment and/or dual credit of the district.

Class schedule changes will not be permitted after the first week of school. Drops will not be allowed after the first week of school. When documented extenuating circumstances exist, the building principal has the authority to make changes.

Each student who has completed the secondary curriculum for special education may be issued a diploma or certificate that states, “This student has successfully completed an Individualized Education Program.”

• Public Participation: The revised policy reads in part that before being placed on the agenda for a regular school board meeting, a group or individual must first address the administrator of the building from which the concern originated. If satisfaction is not reached at the building level, the group or individual shall then meet with the superintendent of education. If the concern is still not resolved at this meeting, the group or individual can request to be placed on the school board agenda.

If the concern did not originate within a school building, a group or individual shall first meet with the superintendent of education before taking steps to be placed on the agenda.

To be placed on the agenda of a regular school board meeting, a group or individual must obtain a school board participation from the superintendent’s office. A completed form must be received in the superintendent’s office no later than noon on the Wednesday preceding the meeting the person or group wishes to attend or it will be held until the next meeting of the board.

Should the agenda be too crowded, the matter will be held until the next regular school board meeting.

These rules will apply to people or groups coming before the board:

1) No person or group will be recognized without first being placed on the agenda.

2) Only the individual designated as spokesperson will be allowed to speak for the group.

3) In anyone willfully disturbs any public school meeting, they will be violation of the state code concerning disturbing public school sessions or meeting and subject to a fine upon conviction.

4) The board may make and enforce resolution, rules and regulations for the conduct of people attending board meetings.

5) Speakers must adhere to a reasonable time limit and speak only on the subject(s) stated in the written request.

6) The board reserves the right to take matters under advisement.

Other Business

In other business Sept. 9, minutes show the school board:

• approved a bus turnaround at Scott and Second streets in Mantee near the water tank.

• approved two requests for out-of-state student field trips. One request was from Missy Lewis, teacher of gifted (grades 2-4) at Eupora Elementary School, for her students to go to Alabama see a play at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre and to visit the Birmingham Museum of Art on Dec. 13.

The other request was from Katie Vandewege, English II and drama teacher at East Webster High School, for the EWH Drama club to go to New York City during spring break 2014. Students will leave March 11 and return March 14. Fundraisers will fund both trips.

• approved Qualified School Construction Bond project change orders for the Eupora P.E. building, Eupora cafeteria renovation, EWH field house and EWH band hall.

• accepted the resignation of Josh Davis, Eupora Elementary School teacher, effective Sept. 1.

• accepted a timber bid from James Johnson Logging on 156 acres of 16th Section land. It was one of two bids received.

Vice President Nancy Davis presided in the absence of President Bobby McMullen. The board also met Monday night and meets again at 6 p.m. next Monday.