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Studio School sees students succeed

September 8, 2010

Editor’s note: The following is information from Tuesday night’s Starkville School District Board of Trustees meeting that was unable to be published in Wednesday’s newspaper due to space limitations.

Starkville School District students participating in the Studio School summer camp saw marked progress in their academic performance, the program’s leader says
Studio School Director Kay Brocato updated the SSD Board of Trustees on the progress of the Studio School program after the conclusion of the second year of its summer camp. She explained that this was the first year for SSD students participated in the camp.
Brocato said that 14 of the 17 students in the program have increased their Mississippi Curriculum Test scores, and all of them felt they have improved greatly.
Brocato’s presentation addressed the goals of Studio School — increase school engagement, improve academic performance, increase positive future perspective (of school) and build stronger social-emotional stability.
Currently, the program is seeking funding from federal sources.

Other business

Also on Tuesday night, the SSD board heard a request from student Jack Bryan regarding the naming of the tennis pavilion he built for his Eagle Scout project. Bryan explained that he wishes the pavilion will be named Parvin-Henderson Pavilion after the first coaches he had as a freshman tennis player.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the dedication they had for the team,” Bryan said of his coaches.
The board approved Brya’s request.
The board also approved the following items under new business:
• A quote from FL Crane and Sons, Inc. to replace the tread of the stairwells in Armstrong in the sum of $14,145.
• A low big from Sherman Exteriors to pressure wash the Greensboro Center and to resurface the steps with a non-slip surface.
• A contract between the SSD and the City of Starkville to provide police protection at athletic events. Couey explained that previously there was no contract and officers were paid their regular hourly salary. Now, with the contract, there will be a base fee, which will save the district money.
• An agreement to use Overstreet School as an alternative school.
• The 2010–2011 fundraisers.
• The 2010–2011 fees charged.

Staffing matters

The board approved the following staffing recommendations, resignations, terminations, retirements and changes of status:
• Willie Brooks to be a part-time janitor at SHS cafeteria effective Aug. 18.
• Randy Carlisle to be a bus driver effective Aug. 5.
• Randy Carlisle to be a science teacher at Armstrong effective Sept. 8.
• Michelle Garraway to work under the 21st Century Learning Grant for Family-Centered Programs effective Sept. 8.
• Tiffany Gray to be a teacher at Sudduth effective Sept. 4.
• Felicia Jones to be a GED teacher assistant at Overstreet School effective Aug. 4.
• Carlos Kemp to be a GED teacher assistant at Overstreet School effective Sept. 8.
• Rebecca Kimbrough to be an English teacher at Armstrong effective Sept. 1.
• Vanessa King to be a teacher assistant for FAST Forward Facilitator at Henderson Ward Stewart effective Sept. 8.
• Mitchel McCleon to be rehired as SRO officer effective Aug. 23.
• Lynde McPherson to be an Emerson after-school teacher effective Sept. 8.
• Tory Reeves to be a long-term physical education substitute at Armstrong effective Aug. 3.
• Tory Reeves to be a full-time physical education teacher at Armstrong effective Sept. 8.
• Georgia Smith to be a full-time substitute bus driver effective Aug. 30.
• Helen Virgil to be a part-time janitor at the Greensboro Center effective Sept. 8.
• Family-Centered Programs childcare provider Andrea brown resigned effective Aug. 26.
• Emerson substitute teacher Pam Buford resigned effective Sept. 8.
• Families First Resource Center Family Specialist Larnzy Carpenter’s position will be eliminated due to the ending of the grant effective Sept. 30.
• Sudduth assistant principal Sharon Collier is retiring effective Sept. 30.
• Office of Highway Safety Youth Specialist Willie Gillespie’s position will be eliminated due to the ending of the grant effective Sept. 30.
• Emerson substitute teacher Georgia Graham resigned effective July 30.
• SHS choral accompanist Anita Harris resigned effective Aug. 1.
• SHS part-time janitor Fred Henderson resigned effective Aug. 6.
• Bus driver Melvin Jordan resigned effective Aug. 5.
• Adult Basic Education teacher Sophia Nickels resigned effective Aug. 20.
• Family First Resource Center Family Specialist Elmetra Patterson’s position will be eliminated due to the ending of the grant effective Sept. 30.
• Bus driver, physical education teacher and coach John Patton resigned effective Aug. 31.
• Armstrong English teacher Dana Seymour resigned effective Aug. 31.
• Overstreet intervention, bus driver and coach Leonardo Thompson resigned effective Aug. 31.
• SHS cook Marsha Townsel resigned effective Aug. 24.
• Emerson after-school teacher Eva Watson resigned effective Aug. 3.
• SHS SPED teacher Mary Adams received her AA (master’s) License and her contract will be amended to reflect increase in pay effective Aug. 18.
• Overstreet physical education teacher Chris Barnett will add cross country and track coach duties effective Aug. 5.
• Families First Resource Center Coordinator Elmarie Brooks has her grant continued until Sept. 2011.
• Bus driver Sara Brooks had an error made in her salary records. The correct salary is $7,245.
• Greensboro receptionist Christie Davis is resigned from extra athletic duties effective July 31.
• Richard Evans will not be a full-time substitute bus driver effective Aug. 5.
• Joel Ewing will add duties as assistant eighth and ninth grade basketball coach effective Oct. 1.
• Emerson teacher assistant Shalanda Ferguson will now be a teacher effective Sept. 8.
• Family-Centered Programs tutor Caroline Freeman will work for Project HELP during the month of Sept.
• Emerson SPED teacher Brooke Frericks will transfer to Sudduth in the same position effective Aug. 2.
• Family-Centered Programs teacher and tutor Mamie Guest will work for Homeless grant under AARA funding effective Oct. 1.
• Family-Centered Programs childcare provider Shirley Harvey will work for Project HELP during the month of Sept.
• Harvey will also continue to provide childcare for the continuation of the Project TAB grant.
• Family First Resource Center resource assistant Juwana Jenkins will continue to work under a grant continuation effective Oct. 1.
• SPED assistant Maureen Lang will have extended employment through Oct. 29.
• Greensboro part-time custodian Kizzy Logan will be secretary and bookkeeper at Overstreet effective Sept. 8.
• Family First Resource Center resource assistant Maribel Lopez will continue to work under a grant continuation effective Oct. 1.
• Athletic Director Stan Miller will have a realigned salary to $50,000 to reflect 50 percent of full-time duties.
• Cynthia Milons to be a Project PASS facilitator effective Sept. 8.
• Tony Minor will add duties as a substitute bus driver effective Aug. 5.
• Project TAB teacher Daisy Odreman will continue with the grant effective until Sept. 30, 2011.
• Bus driver Carlton Patrick’s records should total an extra year of experience.
• Transportation mechanic Chris Reed will be adding duties.
• Ashley Young to be an Adult Basic Education teacher effective Sept. 8.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Greensboro Center.

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