School board recognizes teacher

Published 1:11 pm Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Linda Fendalson, a teacher at Roseland Park Elementary School, has been elected president of an international teachers’ society and was recognized for her accomplishment by the school board for the Picayune Separate Municipal School District.

Fendalson has been selected president of Alpha Delta Kappa, a society of women teachers whose goal is to improve teaching and education. The organization is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., and was founded in 1947 and has chapters around the world, including in Australia, Canada, Jamaica and Mexico, Fendalson told the board. October is Alpha Delta Kappa month.

Literature she gave the board says the organization contributes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital as well as sponsoring a number of education grants and scholarships.

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The school board also received a letter from Gracie King, the mother of Trevor King, a student at d’Iberville High School who has cerebral palsy and plays on the junior varsity football team, and one from Buddy Singleton of the d’Iberville school system thanking the Picayune coaches for allowing King to score a touchdown in a game at d’Iberville on Monday, Sept. 13.

Gracie King wrote, “ … that one moment will remembered by a young man named Trevor King, #35, for the rest of his life. …You truly stopped to take the time to remember what many coaches, parents, and fans sometimes forget. It’s all about the kids!”

Singleton wrote that the Picayune coaches noticed King and noted that he was handicapped and sent a letter to the d’Iberville coaches telling them to let him go in the game and Picayune would see that he scored. “I don’t know of many coaches who would think to do something this admirable. …” Singleton wrote in a letter to Picayune Superintendent Dean Shaw.

The board also voted to advertise for furniture and materials for the expansion of Early Head Start, including its new building at Nicholson Elementary School. Also at the Nicholson site, the board approved the installation of a six inch water line and fire hydrants, including a fire hydrant at Nicholson Elementary to be funded by the district. The water line and other hydrants for EHS will be funded by the federal EHS grant.

In other matters, the board:

— Approved personnel matters.

— Approved the consent items, including donations by Lockheed Martin to the high school robotics team, by Target to Roseland Park Elementary and by Tim and Carmen Herrington to the PMHS soccer team.

— Approved the test security plan.

— Approved a bus turnaround.

— Approved hold the April 2, 2011, prom on the riverboat Natchez in New Orleans.

— Went into executive session on student discipline.