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Students miss one day due to bad weather

Students in the Copiah County School District missed one day of class due to bad weather following Hurricane Gustav last Tuesday, but class was back in session on Wednesday. The rain was steadily coming down outside while the school board met for its regular monthly session Sept. 2.

The board handled routine housekeeping and personnel matters during that meeting.

New personnel approved include Summer James, CSES teacher assistant; Colin Cooper, CSES/CSHS security officer; Johnny Wilson, CSMS teacher; Takeshia Fields, CSMS teacher; Kathleen Rutherford, CSHS student services coordinator; Avery Mason, CSHS teacher; Jessica Best, WAC after school assistant; and Alonzo Pirtle, teacher.

Contracts were withdrawn for Andrea Mozee and Erick Jackson.

Resignations were accepted from Corey Myers, CSHS teacher; Ellen Newell, CSES teacher assistant; and Sharon Holliday, CSES teacher assistant.

Requests for leave were granted to Wanda Johnson, CSMS teacher assistant; Kaseika Jenkins, CSMS teacher; and Cheryl Waddell, CSES teacher.

Gary Banks was hired as part time bus washer at CSHS.

Part time certified staff approved to work as needed include Ann Prine and Mary Hanvey, CSHS librarians.

Substitute personnel approved include Lura Griggs, CSMS teacher; David Virgil, Tyrone Haley, Jerry Meador, Glenn Wilkerson, Attarius Norwood, Broderick Owens, Don Regan, Johnny Young, Christie Walker, Robert Green, Gary Banks, and Nadine Sutton, all CSHS bus drivers.

A list of 21st Century personnel was approved.

One year license was requested for Angela Holloway, GED teacher in the Job Corps co-enrollment program.

Travel requests were approved for Shanique Davis to attend the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children State Conference in Choctaw, Phyllis Banks and Jerri Jones to attend the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children Pre-Conference Institute in Choctaw, and Lurene Johnson and Cecil Fullington to attend the Mississippi LAMP workshop in Hattiesburg.

The District Test Security Plan was approved. Each year the district must draft a plan to adhere to state policy. The new plan addresses changes the state requested.

The board policy for the IDCAB Credit Recovery Program was approved. This program works with students who are getting behind. Students may earn two credits in summer for a fee or one credit  during the regular school year to make up course objectives that were failed, rather than repeating the entire course.

The board accepted $13,596 in IDEA Part B 2006 reallocated funds.

Payment to Blain & Sons of $66,357.50 on the Wesson paving project was authorized.

Donations were accepted from Walmart of HP computers, Pete’s Interiors of carpet installation, and HP printers from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Bus turnaround was approved at 1123 Shady Grove Road south in Wesson.

No bids were received for surplus property, so the board authorized its disposal in a proper fashion.

Advertisement for bids in 16-12-5 and 16-9-5 was authorized.

Superintendent Rickey Clopton reported that school was expected to resume the next day following the storm as all campuses had power.

The Copiah County School District board of trustees regularly meets on the first Monday of each month at 3 p.m.

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