School Board approves ad valorem request

From Staff Reports

The Webster County School board has approved its property tax levy request for local support of the district’s new budget.

The board did so Aug. 8 upon the recommendation of Superintendent of Education Jack Treloar, according to minutes of that meeting. The ad valorem request totals $2,631,794.58 for the 2016-17 school year, minutes reflect. This follows approval of the budget at a previous meeting.

The ad valorem request for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which ended June 30, was $2,514,700. The Board of Supervisors, which will levy millage to meet the school district’s request, will have a budget hearing Aug. 31.

Other Action

Other action taken by the board on Aug. 8:

• Approved substitute teachers recommendations for 2016-17.
• Approved the hiring of Marcy McGlothin as a teacher, effective Aug. 11, upon the recommendation of East Webster Elementary School Principal Jim Ray. The agenda item was labeled “Rescind Prior Personnel Action/Teacher Recommendation” — McGlothin had been hired June 13 for the position of counselor.
• Approved the hiring of Tracy Palmer as a teacher, effective Aug. 9, upon the recommendation of Eupora Elementary School Principal Chip Powell.
• Approved the hiring of Sandra Manjarrez as an assistant teacher, effective Aug. 9, upon the recommendation of Powell.
• Approved the hiring of Haley Wofford and William Carpenter as long-term substitutes, effective Aug. 9, upon the recommendation of East Webster High School Principal Bill Brand. Jimmy Hood (District 3) voted nay.
• Accepted the resignation of Jerry Vaughn from his position as a bus driver effective July 25.
• Approved the hiring of Tonya Adkins as a bus driver effective Aug. 11.
• Approved the transfer of Kamdin Ledbetter to the Webster County Schools. He was released from Choctaw County Schools.
• Approved the Hugh Gibson Benefit Fund and the establishment of a new bank account for the purpose of monthly depositories of Gibson’s donations. The purpose of the new fund is for the benefit of Webster County school students as Treloar sees fit, according to the request for approval. Gibson is board attorney.
• Accepted a donation from the Betty Stewart Sunday School Class at First Baptist to the Love Bag Program.
• Approved financial reports and the docket of claims.
Treloar and the board members also filled out the 2017 Mississippi School Boards Association Legislative Survey. In addition to Hood, board members present were Milton Davis, Scott Hollenhead and Bobby McMullen.