Penton advises board against raising insurance policy

Published 6:18 pm Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Superintendent Dennis Penton advised the school board for the Pearl River County that it should not purchase the extra insurance its insurance company suggested to provide for damages district building may suffer from named storms that blow through the district.

The extra coverage would cost the district anywhere from around $66,000 to $68,000 to receive full coverage for named storms. However, the school district is already covered for up to approximately $10 million in damages due to named storms.

“I suggest that the board not pay extra for coverage that we would never use in the case of named storms. It’s highly unlikely that a named storm would cost the district more than $10 million in damages,” Penton said.

The board passed a motion to not purchase the extra insurance for named storms.

In other business, the board:

— Approved the ad valorem tax request for the fiscal year 2006-2007.

— Amended the 2006-2007 budget.

— Approved residual transfers within the budget.

— Approved resignations of 11 school district workers.

— Approved 23 teacher and staff recommendations.

— Approved requests from 19 students to be released form the Pearl River County School District for the 2006-2007 school year.

— Approved the request of 35 out-of- district students to attend schools in the Pearl River County School District for the 2006-2007 school year.

— Approved the request from the Pearl River Baptist Association to prayer walk the school grounds on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

— Approved the Gifted Education Handbook for the 2006-2007 school year.

— Approved amending budget line items to reflect amounts in the grant applications.

— Approved advertising for proposals for employee wellness services for the 2006-2007 school year.

— Approved BoardBook Subscription Agreement for online software for paperless board packets.

— Approved depositing $200,000 of 16th funds in a 12-month certificate of deposit with Hancock Bank.

Adjourned.