Wednesday, March 20, 2013

LMSD Elects New Board Officers and Sets School Calendar

The Louisville Municipal School District board met on Monday evening, March 18 and dealt with a number of issues including the election of new officers. Without any dissent, Cathy Edwards was nominated and elected Chairman of the School Board for the upcoming year.
Ms. Edwards represents District four. Also without dissent, Betty Byrd was chosen to remain Vice President and Brenda Johnson from District 3 was chosen as Secretary of the Board.
The board heard presentations from Leigh Ann Hailey, the principal of Fair Elementary and Belinda Swart, the principal of Louisville Elementary. School board members had visited both of these schools earlier in the day. The principals provided information on staffing,  each schools QD I rating and plans for the upcoming school year to continue to improve student proficiency levels. Both schools are projecting some improvement in upcoming QPI ratings. Haley and Swart both expressed concerns about class size and Swart indicated the need for two additional teachers for the upcoming school year.
The board voted to hire Suzanne Smith, CPA to perform the 2013 audit of school financials. LMSD had used the firm of Watkins, Stafford, and Ward in previous years but state law requires a change of auditors on a regular basis.
The board also established a policy for student awards and scholarships and procedures required for the scholarships.
The board  voted to advertise for the school depository as its current contract with Citizens Bank expires in June. The request for bids will be for a three-year period. In addition, it was agreed to advertise for bids for materials and supplies for the 2013 – 2014 school year. This includes food service, instructional, janitorial, transportation, heating fuel, and garbage service.
Board members also approved the school year calendar for the upcoming year. The first day of school will be August 5, while teachers will report on August 1.  After this year, Mississippi’s public schools will not be allowed to start the school year prior to August 15 due to recent legislation.
The board also heard from Dr. Terry Jayroe and Dean Richard Blackburn of Mississippi State University concerning the relationships and benefits of MSU’s partnership with the school system. Under the memorandum of understanding with MSU, faculty teach classes and education students come to work with the local schools in after school programs and tutoring. MSU also offer scholarships and has provided computers for a computer lab at the middle school.
The board dealt with several 16th section lease issues before entering into an executive session to discuss personnel issues. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for April 9 at 5:30 PM. In addition there will be a public forum held on Monday, March 25 concerning the selection and qualifications of a new school superintendent. See our recent post for more information.