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PRC school board honors social workers

The Pearl River Central School heard from district social workers about the importance of mentoring to students and board member Twila Crabtree announced her advocacy for multiple sclerosis.
The month of March is recognized as social worker appreciation month, PRC Upper Elementary social worker Paula Russell said. She presented a video during which district social workers described why they love their jobs and the needs they meet. The board recognized district social workers present including Denise Rouse, middle school; Kimberly Sauls, alternative education; Ginny Downs, high school and Russell, upper elementary.
Another important cause recognized during the month of March is multiple sclerosis awareness.
Board member Twila Crabtree was recently diagnosed with the illness and will be advocating for those affected by the disease in Pearl River County.
“Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the nervous system,” Crabtree said. “It destroys the nerves and can affect a number of things including vision, memory loss and seizures. I’m going to keep fighting the fight for those affected in our county.”
In other action the board approved:
– A request from Billy Davis to practice and play girls AAU basketball in the high school gymnasium after regular basketball season is complete.
– A contract with Kenny Peavy, school psychometrist for the 2015-2016 school year.
– An agreement between PRC Middle School and Lifetouch Photography for the 2015-1016 school year.
– Advertising for bids for the improvement to the high school football field. David Landry, with Hattiesburg’s Landry and Lewis Architects, said improvements will be made to the home and visitor side bleachers. The estimated cost for the project if new light poles are installed is about $900,000. If crews use the old poles the cost will be about $810,000, he said.
– Advertising for bids for a managed print solution.
– Resolution for the cooperative purchasing agreement for the purchase of managed print services with Stone County School District.
– Accepting all bids for E-Rate Wireless Infrastructure and approved Business Communications, Inc. as the lowest and best bid.
– Approved the acceptance of board policy BBAA with a two-year term for board officers. Officers will now be elected every other year.
The next school board meeting will be held Thursday, April 9 at 5:30 at the central office board room located at 7441 Hwy. 11, Carriere.