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West Carroll School Board Approves War Eagle Legacy Patio

West Carroll School Board Approves War Eagle Legacy Patio

Courtesy Carroll County News-Leader

ATWOOD (September 7) — West Carroll School Board members gave the go-ahead for the West Carroll Touchdown Club to raise funds for the construction of a legacy patio to commemorate War Eagle football players.

As Touchdown Club representatives David Brasher and Wade Davidson detailed, the planned 15’ X 24’ patio would Patio

have room for approximately 1,000 engraved bricks, though, if needed, the patio could be expanded in the future.

“We can just keep adding to it year by year,” said Brasher, who added that the patio will be constructed in such a way that bricks can be removed and replaced.

Brasher and Davidson said the patio would be located between the Touchdown Club’s sales pavilion and the walkway beside the home-side bleachers.

They showed the board examples of bricks engraved and finished by Mitchell’s Engraving.

Receiving a spotless audit report is a rare occurrence for a school system — or any entity for that matter — but that is exactly what was delivered to the West Carroll Board of Education.

Auditor Marcie Williams with Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC went over the 2016-17 fiscal year audit report for the district office and all three schools in the district.

After giving year-ending fund balances, Williams said she was pleased to report there were no findings whatsoever in the district or individual school audits.

“I far as I know, this is the first time there having not been any findings. This is very uncommon,” said Williams. “I just want to commend everyone on a great job.”

Williams pointed to one management recommendation by auditors suggesting that the board monitor school fundraising activities more closely because of a recent nationwide increase in scammers posing as school fundraisers.

She also said that the three findings from the previous audit have been corrected.

“I’ve been doing the books since 1992, and this is the first year I’ve seen with no findings,” said district bookkeeper Janet Winchester.

Director of Schools Dexter Williams recognized school administrators and office workers by name for their hard work, vigilance, and attention to detail when it comes to record keeping and accounting.

These included Winchester, Molley Ashley, principal at West Carroll Elementary School. Tammy Lovell, WCES secretary; Jackie Wester, principal at West Carroll Primary School; Wendy Rogers, bookkeeper at WCPS; Schon Mitchell, principal’s secretary at West Carroll Junior-Senior High School; Lissie Robinson, secretary at WCJSHS; and Angela Hartz, in-house auditor at WCJSHS.

“I want to thank our people for doing such a good job for us,” said Board Chairman Jimmy Halford.

In other business, the board:

•Elected school board officers for the 2017-18 school year. Halford was re-elected as chairman, board member William Robinson was elected as vice-chairman, board member Kyle Foster was elected as secretary, and board member Misty Mitchell was elected as MLA representative.

•Opted to wait about opening bids for the construction of press box, concession, and restroom facilities at the baseball and softball fields. As Halford pointed out, they received two bids, but those bids don’t include any precise specifications to guide the project. On Halford’s recommendation, the board agree to wait and to get together in a called meeting sometime later this month to meet with members of the community with architectural experience to hopefully get a project plan with exact specifications drawn up, after which they can advertise for new bids.

•Approved the annual certification of compliance stating that all students have access to needed textbooks.

•Approved a request from elementary music teacher Jonathan Wheeler to purchase portable, adjustable risers for $2,742 to be used for future productions and performances.

•Approved the creation of a booster club for the new West Carroll bass fishing team.

•Granted a request from Winchester to use approximately $20,000 in excess funds in the primary school cafeteria budget to create an extra parttime cafeteria position.

•Gave the go-ahead for coaches to get prices for the possible purchase of a new riding lawnmower for use at the junior-senior high school.

•Declared a number of items at all three schools as surplus property.

•Gave approval on a second and final reading to a new board policy that prohibits school administrators from giving a neutral or positive employment recommendation regarding former employees that were engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor.

•Gave approval on a second and final reading to a board policy update that gives more detail and clarification regarding the rights of educators.

•Gave first-reading approval to a board policy update that gives more weight to honors and post-secondary courses when calculating student grade point averages and class rankings.

•Was advised by Dexter Williams that student attendance is up significantly from last year at this time, and incidents of tardiness are down.

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