School Board considers lot purchase

By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

Webster County School District board members discussed a recommended property purchase at a previous meeting.

Superintendent of Education Jack Treloar, on Sept. 14, recommended the board consider purchasing the lot owned by Pop Woodard near Eupora Elementary School. The board discussed the matter, but no action was taken, according to the minutes.

The property is a half-acre lot on the south side of Naron Street at the school entrance, according to Treloar, and would be used for additional parking, mainly for buses.

“We’re trying to free up space,” he said.

“We’re trying to put a road around the elementary school on that side,” Treloar added. The new road, if built, would connect Naron and Gifford streets.

Other Business
Treloar also recommended that board members examine the master schedules for each school in the district for the fall semester. No action was necessary.
In other business, Sept. 14, minutes show the board:
• approved a resolution declaring a shortfall for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
• approved a recommendation from Treloar to adjust the salary of Michael Adkins, Webster County Career and Technology Center director, to include compensation for transportation director also.
• approved Liz Orr as a substitute teacher at the WCCTC, and Gwen Chandler and Terri Clifford as substitute teachers at East Webster Elementary School.
• approved the hirings of Brittany Mann as a teacher and Tiffany Hancock as an assistant teacher at Eupora Elementary School beginning Sept. 15.
• approved Amir Hunt as assistant fastpitch softball coach and Lassandra Turner as assistant girls basketball coach at Eupora High School for 2015-16.
• approved Jamie Walker (junior high cheer), Mindy Dixon (junior high cheer), Turner (assistant girls basketball), John Harris (assistant fastpitch and slowpitch softball) and Eric Marshall (assistant football) to serve as paraprofessional coaches at EHS for 2015-26
• approved recommendations from Amy Rollins, Food Services director, to change Patricia Chairs and Roxanne Caraway from substitute to full-time cafeteria workers, change Tammy Weeks from full-time to part-time worker, and take Marilyn Hubbard and Lisa Holdiness off the substitute worker list, all effective Sept. 15. The board also accepted a personnel action form from Rollins indicating that Tabitha Stewart was resigning from her position as cafeteria worker with an effective date of Aug. 31.
• approved a request from Angela Mohr to allow her son, Franklin Rivers Mohr, to attend school in Webster County through the tuition program as set forth in district policy. A letter of release from the Houston School District was attached to her request.
• approved the fiscal year 2016 Special Education Project Application.
• approved a request from Toby Davis and Joe Dan Boykin of Long Branch Hunting Club to change the name of their hunting and fishing lease from Davis’ name to Long Branch Hunting Club’s name.
• accepted a donation of $1,000 from the EHS Junior High Cheerleader Boosters to the EHS Junior. High cheerleaders.
• approved these out-of-state field trip requests: Eupora Elementary School second- and third-grade gifted students to the American Village in Montevallo, Alabama; EES fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade gifted students to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga; EES Grade 5 students to the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Alabama, on Jan. 4; and the East Webster ninth-grade Technology Discovery students to the McWane Center.
• approved fundraisers for the EES gifted classes, East Webster High School baseball and WCCTC’s Business Management program.
• approved bus turnarounds on the property of Melissa Pittman at 4043 N. Sapa Road and Hugh Gibson’s field road off Tomnolen Road.
• approved financial reports and the docket of claims.
• tabled various policy revisions and recommended bus routes for 2015-16.

Milton Davis (District 5) was absent.

Clarification: Monica Cummings retired from the position of guidance counselor at Eupora High School. A sentence in the Sept. 23 article “School Board hires new business manager” inaccurately stated that she had resigned.