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ATWOOD — West Carroll’s School Board met for their first meeting of the new school year with a lot of activity on the agenda including introducing new staff members to the board.Primary …
ATWOOD — West Carroll’s School Board met for their first meeting of the new school year with a lot of activity on the agenda including introducing new staff members to the board.
Primary School Principal Jackie Wester introduced Misty Evans-2nd grade, Malorie Watkins-Kindergarten, LaQuinta Shanta Emerson-Special Ed. Assistant, and Lindsey Morton-Library Assistant. Elementary School Principal Tracy Foster introduced Kerri Ballentine-3rd and 4th grade Special Education, Amanda Climer-5th and 6th grade Special Education, along with Amanda Wilkes and Angie Morris. There are a number of new faces in the Junior and Senior High School including Trey Cantrell-History, Spencer Ezell-Science, Adam Douglas-English, Becky Coleman-SPED, Luke Anderson-8th grade Science, David Hochrieter-Agriculture, Tyler Wadley-7th grade Science, Alex Gianononi-7th grade Social Studies, Wesley Arnold-7th grade Math, and Anthony Blackman-Educational Assistant.
They amended the agenda to approve a proposal by McLemoresville Mayor Phil Williams to assist the town of McLemoresville with paving School Street. According to Mayor Williams, the street was initially installed to assist the school with traffic-related issues. Williams indicated the project will cost $17,200 and the board voted to pay half the cost ($8,600).
Board members learned West Carroll has qualified for a $35,000 grant to finance a second SRO Officer with a stipulation that the officer has to be stationed at one building and cannot be rotated. The grant was approved and the search for the new officer will begin soon.
Maintenance Supervisor Mr. John Hartz informed the board on the timetable for installing air flow systems in both gyms. The auxiliary gym is expected to be finished first while the main gym repairs could extend into the first part of Junior High Basketball season. Director Dexter Williams assured everyone that no games would be missed. The board approved the installation of the two systems.
Local youth sports groups approached the board about cleaning up and using the old West Carroll football field which was approved.
In other action, board members approved the Disciplinary Hearing Authority Committee for 2019-2020 which includes Jackie Wester, Tracy Foster, Kelly Todd, Shane DePriest, Regina Alred, and Crystal Polinski. A request by Mrs. Janet Winchester to hire two part-time cafeteria positions with excess balance money was approved. A 100/120 day contract for Linda Black was approved. Black recently retired and is coming back as director of the Career Technical Education program and will do grant writing for the school system. The board approved contracting with an ESL (English as a Second Language) service provider. They also approved the second reading of a field trip request by band director Michael Nelson for the West Carroll Band to go to Washington, D.C. April 3-7, 2020. School district memberships to the TSBA, TSSE, TOSS, and AIMS were approved for the school year.
The board acknowledged resignations from Larry Williams, Blake Kee, Linda Black, Tonya Jennings, and Hunter Herrin.
Director Dexter Williams advised the board that he would have all materials pertaining to the evaluation of the Director of Schools in their hands by the September meeting. He reminded boardmembers of the TSBA leadership Conference and Annual Convention in November.