Wednesday, January 13, 2016

LMSD Enters Into Agreement with Winston Medical

The Louisville Municipal School Board met on Tuesday, January
13, 2016 in a regularly scheduled meeting with one member absent. Trustee Mark Dillard was not present due to illness.

New Board member Bobby Pierce from District 5 was sworn into office at the beginning of the meeting. Pierce was elected in November to take the seat of Betty Byrd who did not seek reelection.

The agenda was dominated by policy items and test score information.

The Trustees approved a “Policy of Use” and a lease agreement with Winston Medical Center. These agreements allow WMC to place a clinic on school property at Fair Elementary. WMC CEO Paul Black thanked the Board for their action and indicated that the clinic would be ready to open for use as soon as January 19th.

Under the plan, the school would provide space at Fair Elementary with an entrance on East College Street that would encompass the existing school nurse’s office plus an additional room to establish an actual clinic operated by WMC. This clinic would house a nurse who will take on the role of the school nurse and a nurse practitioner who can actually treat students and employees as needed.

WMC would pay a market rent for the space and the school district would provide maintenance services.
 Students would have access to the clinic in a similar manner as with a school nurse but would also have access to a nurse practitioner if treatment of some type were needed. School employees would also have access to the clinic for services, wellness checks, etc.

In other action, the Board rescinded a previous policy on the use of drones on school properties and approved a new policy at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Ms. School Board Association (MSBA). The policy in effect bans the use of drones over school property including sporting events.

The Board also heard from Penny Hill, Director of Curriculum, about recent supplied test scores from the Ms. Department of Education. Hill indicated that the District was near the middle in scores with other area districts. The tests evaluated students from 3rd to 8th grade in language arts and math skills on a scale of 1 through 5. 1- goal not met, 2- partially met, 3- approaching goal, 4- met, 5-exceeded.

District wide scores indicated 24% of students at level 2, 33% of students at level 3 and 43% of students at level 4. Louisville Elementary and Eiland were somewhat below state averages while Nanih Waiya and Noxapater exceeded state averages in the majority of grade levels.

Hill also provided some general info on 11th grade ACT scores across the District and in comparison to similar districts in the area. The district wide ACT score average was 16.3 – Louisville at 16.0, Noxapater at 15.2 and Nanih Waiya at 18.0.

The Board approved leases and changes to several 16th section leases and Superintendent Ken McMullan brought the Board information on several teachers programs and set a time for the next school visit by Board members.

The Board later entered in to an executive session to discuss the Superintendent’s performance. No action was taken in this session and the next Board meeting is scheduled for February 9th.