Poplarville School Board plans to meet requirements

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A series of routine business was discussed during Monday’s Poplarville School Board of Trustees meeting.

The meeting began with the Board approving the District instructional management system for 2018-2019.  Assistant Superintendent Konya Miller said the system requires the District to comply with Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards.

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The Board also approved a memorandum of understanding with Mississippi State University. The memorandum allows teachers from the university to teach at schools within the District, Superintendent Karl Merritt said.

In other matters, the Board approved the English Language learners plan. Every school district is required to have a plan in place to support English language learners and their families when they enrolled in the District, Miller said. In 2017, the District had only one student who required the assistance, she said.

Miller requested the Board approve the District Homeless Plan, which aims to support all homeless students and youth not under the custody of their parents, Miller said.

“We average about 15-25 in a year depending on what’s happening in the community,” Miller said.

Discussions regarding making changes to the District’s strategic plan objectives also took place during the meeting. The Board agreed to keep the current plan in place and update the goals as required.

In other matters, the Board awarded the bid for the web-based reading and mathematics assessment program to Curriculum Associates for a cost of $116,000.

Poplarville School District Food Services Director Gwen Seal requested the Board allow all cafeterias to use Heartland Cloud Services.

Seal said the point of sale system in place works on two systems that feed off each other. Approval of the contract will place both systems on the Heartland server, effectively removing that process from the school District’s server, she said.

The Board approved Seal’s request.