The Picayune Item
The board approved the acceptance of 10 employee’s children who live out of the school district. School board member Twila Crabtree questioned the new statute that applies to employee’s children.
If an employee leaves the school district to work somewhere else, but their child continues going to school in Pearl River County, the parent is expected to pay the $5,000 tuition rate for out-of-district students. This is an increase from the previous $2,000 tuition rate, said Alan Lumpkin, Pearl River County superintendent.
The student will also have to go through the same application process as any other child applying from out-of-district if the parent stops working with the Pearl River County School District, said Jodi Penton, the superintendent’s assistant.
The board tabled a discussion of approving a new Athletic Fund Raiser Request form required by the school district for any sport or school organization.
School board member Michelle Byrd expressed concern that the board could be held legally responsible for any money the organizations booster clubs raise.
Lumpkin explained the form is part of the athletic handbook, which would need to be approved by the board.
“I would rather be safe than have to come back and change it again,” Byrd said.
Kimberly Alford, the district curriculum director presented her annual wellness committee report. In the report, she identified three strengths and weaknesses of the committee.
She said three of the committee’s strengths were the implementation of anti-bullying assembly at all five schools in the district, the training of the social workers in all five school in the Why Try social program that helps students who are at risk and the Family Health Fair, which had 20 booths and 200 community participants.
Lumpkin reported to the board that the Pearl River School District had received a $25,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Education and $23,459.76 in grants from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation.
Also at the meeting, the board approved:
— the 2013-14 Faculty Handbook, High School Student Handbook and Wellness Policies.
— the amendment to the PRCCAE Handbook for the 2013-14 school year.
— the Athletic Training Services proposal from Stephanie L. Smith STC, EMT-B for the 2013-14 school year.
— the school bus turnarounds for the 2013-14 school year.
— the agreement with Lifetouch Secondary Portrait for the 2013-14 school year for Pearl River Central High School.
— Out-of-state overnight trip for CPO Ron Hazelwood to San Diego, Calif. for Navy Instruction Orientation Training on July 14-20.
— Out-of-state overnight trip for Co. Todd Ryder, CPO Ron Hazelwood, students and chaperons to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. on July 8-12 for training.
— the request to reimburse Ginny Downs for the vehicle damage caused by a student.
The school board has scheduled a special recess meeting on July 22 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss hiring of new personnel for the 2013-14 school year.