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New HCSD board pledges transparency

By Bonnie L. Jackson
News Editor

In their first meeting on Wednesday, January 22, the Hazlehurst City School District School Board pledged transparency in the way they conduct the business of the school district.
Dr. Troy Stewart will serve a the president until the end of the school year, Rowan Torrey, vice president, and Dr. Gerri Hill-Chance, secretary. The board will elect new officers during their July 2014 meeting.
Dr. Stewart presided over the meeting. The board approved the following items presented to them by Conservator Dorsey and his staff: required training for the board; financial  statements including the December 31, 2013 Activity Fund, and the January 2014 Claim Docket;  to adhere the assurances of the federal programs 1003(a) applications made for both the middle and high schools  in the amount of $44,595.34 each; extended E-rate vendor contracts for 2014-2015 fiscal year including Edline, LLC($3,197.25), and GKR Systems, Inc.,  ($117,349.08 for four contracts).
Sanderson Farms’ donation in the amount of $2,500 was accepted to be divided equally between both schools.
An $8,000 increase in the activity fund for the elementary school was approved. The monies were collected from field trips, fundraisers, and the check from Sanderson Farms.
These personnel actions were approved: the  Family Medical Leave Act for Lee Love beginning October 31, 2013 and for Setrina Williams beginning on December 2, 2013; the correct wages per hour for Latonya Morris, teacher assistant; and, a wage change for Felix Wilson, substitute teacher.
The board approved educator license request from MDE for four teachers in AP World History, AP Calculus , Special Education and Physics; one license conversion from a three year to a five year; and, the hiring of three teachers for the 2013-2014 school year.  
The meeting was adjourned until February, 19, 2014 at 12:30, which is the third Wednesday of each month.

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